Best of Thymes Herb Club
Members of The Best of Thymes Herb Club met the evening of May 28, at the home of Jean Hull for a carry-in meal and plant exchange. The hostess gave the table grace before many delicious food dishes were shared and enjoyed by the women.
President Peggy Potts updated the ladies on area garden events, including the Garden Walk and Arts Faire June 20 in Paris , Ill , sponsored by the Paris First United Methodist Church and the Edgar County Master Gardeners.
Pat Wilkinson reminded the members about the Clay City Pottery Festival and Quilt Show.
Roxanna Cunningham told about a trip to Branson , Mo. and the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in Mansfield, Mo. She passed around a Homestead and Produce Farm catalog.
Carolyn and Don Petty made trips to Callaway Gardens in Georgia ; San Antonio, Texas and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo. She shared several brochures and passed around photographs.
Karen Staub traveled to Hilton Head to visit family.
Karen has planned an Amish day trip for members.
Many members discussed how the rain and cold conditions have affected plant growth.
Pat Wilkinson read "We Are Connected in Some Way."
Jean Hull had the plant of the month. She chose the Peony. She said peonies should be planted in full sun or light shade; heavy shade produces weak stems and few flowers. Early September is the best time for division in Zone 6 and colder zones. Replant eyes 1 to 2 inches below ground level. The presence of ants on peonies doesn't harm the flower or affect growth.
A hostess gift was presented to Jean. Door prizes were won by Beverly Webster, Ruth Timm and Carolyn Petty.
The next meeting will be June 25 at the home of Johna Lumsdon.
Other members attending were Rozanne Aker, Jean Alsip, Sipriana Bussing, Nancy Cox, Pat Deakins, Laura Kennedy, Pat Krider, Lois Lawson, Jeanne McMichael, Charlene Miller, Carol Swearingen, Claralou Thompson, Sue Thompson and Rose Marie Weber.
The meeting adjourned to Jean's yard for the plant exchange. Everyone picked a number and a 'bring one, get one' rule prevailed until all members had chosen a favorite. The remaining plants then went up for grabs and many women gathered several more before the trip home.