The Pulaski Garden Club’s meeting on July 7 was called to order at 6 p.m. by President Cam Miller at Miller’s home.
A potluck meal was shared by all 12 members present. There was plenty to eat and Miller had everything all set up. Members had fun with Miller’s new phone app, called Picture This, which identifies items you take a picture of — great for plants. Joyce Mocherman talked about the geraniums she shared at the last meeting.
At the end of this season, trim the plant to cut off new starts by cutting off new growth with three sets of leaves, trimming down to one leaf, put into soil and take care of during the winter months and you may have many new plants for next spring.
Ladies reported on the work being done at the fairgrounds on the flower beds. They need to get the water turned back on, which would help.
Mocherman discussed the Fall Regional meeting in November will be the local club’s to host. The club will be in charge, and needs to get lined up. The meeting will be Nov. 5 and could draw about 70 people if the virus is under control.
The club discussed doing the micro-greens program again, having people involved with Jenny McKarns, and also discussed the community garden work she is doing. The club needs to check with her for the program.
At this point the fair is still a go. Planning on a beach theme for the club’s flower show, Kay Beck has some good ideas using big pieces of cardboard she can get to cut out to carry out the theme and she will be working on beach hat racks for one of the designs.
Members discussed the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs’ “Gardener’s Day Out” Aug. 21 and 22 at Lakeside. Rooms will have to be reserved ahead of time.
Members are planning “Garden Walk” at Mocherman’s on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. and to set up “creation basement” at Miller’s home July 23 at 6:30 p.m. to work on the beach hat display.
Carol Goebel shared the plant identification for Nepeta catana, also known as catnip, a native of southern and eastern Europe, middle east, central Asia and parts of China. It is a perennial that grows three feet, three inches in height and two feet wide in Zone 3. This plant is frost tender and flowers July through November. The seeds ripen from September to October. It’s an easy plant to care for, and cats and bees love it due to the essential oil. Like most mints, it can spread easily, so it would be better to plant in a pot to control any spreading, being careful to watch out for the seeds.
Kay Beck created for the meeting an arrangement titled “Fireworks.” She used her favorite large alum, spray painted with red, white and blue stars, perfect for the first of July.
Door prizes brought by Peggy Miller were won by Regina Partee. Mocherman won a door prize brought by Deanna Batterson, and an extra gift by a friend was won by Batterson.
The big finish for the meeting: Some attendees stayed to watch Miller spray two colors of spray paint into a plastic tub filled half-full with water. The spray paint floated on top of the water. Miller armed herself with plastic gloves and three ladies each had a plastic pot with a heavy wire run through the holes in the bottom of the pot and up over the top of the pot in order to dip each pot into the tub with the floating paint, creating a swirling design on the pot. The paint was removed from the top of the water with paper towels, and then the next member had their colors of spray paint sprayed on top of the water for another color design. Each pot was hung on the clothesline to dry — pretty cool.
The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at member Tammie Rettig’s house. If interested in attending the meeting, call 419-636-5953 for details.
(Information courtesy of the club)