BEST OF THYMES HERB CLUB
The Best of Thymes Herb Club met the evening of June 25 at the lakeside home of Johna Lumsdon. Charlene Miller gave the table grace before the ladies sat down to an array of carry-in dishes.
President Peggy Potts began the business meeting by announcing it was Rose Marie Weber's birthday. Other special dates included wedding anniversaries: Beth Meuser, 38; and Johna, 45. Jean Rowings will celebrate a birthday June 30.
Jeanne McMichael gave a report on Knock Out Roses. She said the popular plant may have a single or double flower and blooms in clusters. It is resistant to black spots and should be planted in full sun. Cut back in the spring to about 12 inches.
The women then settled in lawn chairs on Johna's shaded patio to hear guest speaker Marilyn Miller of the Apple House talk about water gardening. Marilyn said various shapes and sizes of containers may be used for a water garden.
"As long as it holds water it can be used for a water garden container," she said. Marilyn displayed a small bean pot and a pre-formed free-standing pond. The location of the water garden is important for enjoyment and the necessity of electricity for a pump.
She said water plants need a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day, and fish require 10 gallons per fish. "Be sure 50 to 60 percent of the water surface is covered by plants if you have fish."
She also had brought several varieties of water plants, pots and water 'helpers'. "Don't use regular potting soil. You can use bagged garden top soil, and be sure to put at least one-half inch of pea gravel on top," she instructed. "Be sure to soak the pot thoroughly before putting in the pond." A question and answer period followed.
Gifts were received by Marilyn and Johna. Door prizes were won by Claralou Thompson and Sue Thompson.
Also enjoying the evening were Ruth Timm, Nancy Cox, Pat Deakins, Rita Rose, Beth Meuser, Pat Wilkinson, Carol Swearingen, Laura Kennedy, Bev Webster, Rozanne Aker, Sipriana Bussing, Lois Lawson, Karen Staub, Carolyn Petty, Jean Alsip and Roxanna Cunningham.
The next meeting will be July 30 at the home of Charlene Miller. Rose Marie will report on the Flower of the Month.