The Flower Press - - a newsletter of the Lincolnshire Garden Club
General Meeting and Program
October 18, 2007
Designing Fall Containers
Pasquesi Home & Garden, Lake Bluff
PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION:
Pasquesi Home & Garden
975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff
9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Business Meeting
10:30 a.m. – Program
We will meet at the beautiful new Pasquesi store in Lake Bluff. The Pasquesi staff will highlight autumn plants and share their expertise in creating breathtaking fall containers. Pasquesi will be providing yogurt, muffins and coffee. Leave your day a little open after the program for questions and a tour of the new store.
From the President’s Desk
Elaine Petersen, President
Autumn is a mellow time. The exuberance of summer is over, but there are still some lingering flowers in bloom, and foliage, rose hips, berries, seed heads and grasses add rich color and texture to the garden. Sunlight becomes more diffuse and gentle and it is time for the harvest. The temperatures drop and trees take on their characteristic tones of scarlet, gold, salmon and amber. Autumn is a time of preparation for the inevitable winter. According to my Garden Diary of Fall Garden Tasks, October is the time for pruning, weeding, mulching, planting, transplanting, dividing, sowing, taking cuttings and collecting leaves! Wow! Is that all there is? After all that labor, you have a bona fide excuse for a time out and a pleasant field trip to Pasquesi’s to learn about creating fall planters. Chances are you’ll find mums and asters, flowering kales and cabbages, gourds and pumpkins to provide wonderful color for your home and garden at Halloween and Thanksgiving. Don’t miss this day out.
Fall is also the time for our annual Benefit and Luncheon. Meri Finocchi has graciously offered her lovely home for our event. Jan Stefans and her team have been planning a gala affair. There will be our old favorites: Bake Shop, Botanic Notes, Gift Certificates, Half-a-Chance, Holiday Gifts, Silent Auction, Luncheon, Live Auction, Quilt Raffle and more. This is our one fundraiser of the year and we ask everyone to participate. You’ll have fun while doing so. How about inviting a guest to our party? The Benefit will be our final meeting in 2007 so let’s all get together and celebrate the glory days of autumn.
See you soon!
So what is a gardener to do in Chicago’s off-season, from that devastating first frost to the time when the catalogs and seed packets start showing up in our mailboxes? While there are many fulfilling options, for some it is a welcome opportunity to bake. There is something satisfying about getting up before the rest of the household, hauling out the Kitchen-Aid, preheating the oven, and lining up the most decadent ingredients you can imagine assembling an overwhelmingly delectable treat.
This year, as in the last five decades, our Garden Club is seeking your baking creations to sell and help sustain our activities and the extraordinary efforts it supports. More than likely you have at least one incredible family recipe to share. Or, if not, perhaps a recollection of some favorite sweet from your past that with a few phone calls or an email could be recreated and experienced again.
We invite all of you to prepare one item (festive packaging promotes sales J) and bring it to Kathleen Young-Perkins’ home at 14795 River Oaks Drive in Lincolnshire (847-821-9889) between 11am and 4pm on Halloween. Together we can make this more than just a bake sale; it can be a time to remember. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the October meeting. Please come with a commitment in mind and have fun giving back to your club!
Our quilters have been busy all spring and summer creating a beautiful children's "Alphabet Quilt". It's colorful, playful and a great size for displaying on a wall or cuddling up in and what a wonderful way to learn the alphabet. Imagine winning this quilt for a grandchild, niece or nephew, friend, or child of your own. Tickets are $5.00@ or 6 for $25.00.
Kathleen Abdo and Meg Zimmermann
The planters at the Riverside Foundation were colorful throughout the summer and they continue to bloom. We would like to thank all the spring volunteers that helped plant the new garden and planters. This fall, we will be planting bulbs with the clients in the Fireside Lounge Garden on Sunday, October 14th (rain date October 28th), at 1:30 pm. Thank you for volunteering and supporting this project.
Alice Roth’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGC Blog: Lincolnshiregardenclub.blogspot.com
By Joan Keyes
Iris has lived in Lincolnshire for three years. Prior to this, she was a Pathologist at Ravenswood Hospital and is now adjusting to being retired. She has two grandchildren and two cats.
She defines her gardening style as Casual. She would love to find more plants that would live and came to the Garden Club to be more informed on gardening and gain some general advice. She has some very wet areas and would appreciate some help in selecting plants that thrive under these conditions.
Hazel is originally from New Zealand and then lived in England for 6 years where she met her husband, who is an American. They came to Chicago in 2004 and, although she doesn’t mind the cold, she does not like the isolation that our winters bring. She had thought about joining the Garden Club and when she caught the seed packet at the July 4th parade, she considered it a sign.
She has a 15-month-old son and does have a love for gardening. She calls her garden “The Heritage Garden” as it is the original garden, but sadly neglected for 10 years. Her garden is mainly Day Lilies and Hostas—she knows there are more plants that she could add.
She’d love some help identifying weeds and has become very familiar with our poison ivy.
Three years ago Kelly moved here from Grayslake and has become quite active in Lincolnshire. She is very involved with L.C.A and was responsible for arranging all the concessions for the 4th of July activities.
She has two boys four and 17 months, so her time is still limited for gardening. She has a large yard with extensive gardens (the past owner was a garden club member some years ago). She wants to become more informed about plants and their care and is looking for more knowledge on gardening issues.
Time to Leave
By Mary Spiewak
This is a topic that comes up year after year. Why do the leaves turn color in the fall? A number of contributing factors are influential in giving us the beautiful fall colors.
There are three main pigments (substances that absorb light) that give leaves their visible color. Chlorophyll gives the leaves their green color, carotenoid gives the yellows & some oranges, and anthocyanins give the red & purple colors. Chlorophyll and carotenoids are present in the leaf cells throughout the growing seasons, but we see mostly green because there is typically more chlorophyll than carotenoids. The anthocyanins pigments are produced mostly in the fall.
As a reminder, chlorophyll is a required component for photosynthesis. A leaf uses the process of photosynthesis to take the energy from the sun along with carbon dioxide and water to produce sugar (glucose) and oxygen.
When the days become shorter and the temperatures start to drop, photosynthesis slows down and there is a reduction in the amount of chlorophyll in the leaf. With the reduction of chlorophyll we see less green color and we begin to see more of the yellow color from the carotenoid pigments. The red colors come from a reaction occurring when the sunlight reacts with complex water soluble compounds and excess sugar stored in the leaf. The result is the production of anthocyanin pigments, which provide us with the beautiful reds and purples. A mix of the red pigments and the yellow pigments gives us the intense orange colors.
Important factors prompting the color changes in the leaves are sunlight, temperature and water. The anthocyanins, which produce the red colors, are mostly made in the fall. The production of this red pigment is driven by sunlight and excess sugar in the leaves. The cool night temperatures cause the veins in the leaves to restrict thereby trapping the pigments in the leaves.
To summarize, a wet warm spring, a “normal summer”, and an autumn with warm (not hot) sunny days and cool (not freezing) nights is the best formula for an awesome display of fall color.
Reference: Biology of Plants by Raven, Evert, Curtis ISBN 0-87901-054-1