Clermont Garden Club’s Holiday Yard of the Month

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Matlack Retail Outlet Center and Tree Farm, 11631  C.R. 561, Clermont, FL 34711 (south of Hwy. 50), has been chosen as Clermont Garden Club’s “Holiday Yard of the Month”.  You will find acres of quality trees, bushes, and flowers to turn your yard into the most beautiful yard on the block.  Matlack has a large variety of shade, fruiting, flowering, and palm trees of all sizes.  There are masses of perennial flowering plants and shrubs from amaryllis to zinnias, plus everything in between surrounding the shop and driveway.  Stop by Matlack and enjoy the rainbow of color!

December Library Plant

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Arline Jelly, Clermont Garden Club member, is pictured with the Poinsettia she brought for display at Cooper Memorial Library, for the month of December. Arline and poinsettia

When selecting a poinsettia, bracts should be completely colored, balanced & full, no leaf dropping or wilting, 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter, and check ‘true’ flowers for too much pollen.  Also, the tighter the flower, the fresher the plant.

Inside the house, poinsettia prefer 65 degrees at night, 75-80 degrees during the day, free of drafts, bright light, water when soil is dry to touch mist leaves to add humidity, and do not fertilize during the holiday season.

After the holidays, keep poinsettia dry and do not fertilize.  In the Spring, cut off branches and leave 4-6″ on each branch, use a balanced fertilizer, and keep in a partly shady location.

Each month, a  member of the Clermont Garden Club shares a plant with Cooper Memorial Library to introduce residents of Clermont and surrounding areas to a variety of horticulture, promote interest in Clermont Garden Club, plus promote a love of gardening.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month, at the clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.

New members and quests are warmly welcomed.

TEA TIME

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Clermont Garden Club members and friend had the pleasure of attending a Creative Christmas & Tea Tasting, hosted by the Creative Arts Garden Club, on November 28, 2018 at Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ (FFGC) Headquarters.

 

Creative Arts Garden Club members demonstrated creative holiday floral designs while the audience enjoyed a delicious assortment of sweets and “Royal Wedding ”  Tea.

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Clermont Garden Club members who attended the Tea were (back row, left to right) Mary Adams,  Marie Duroseau, and Susan Lipscomb,  (front row,  left to right) Brenda Young, Tina Worrell,  Gwen Carter,  and Pat  Holetz (Tina’s friend).  Lucky Tina won a beautiful wreath.

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Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse,  849 West Avenue, Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.

 

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

 

 

 

A Christmas Tree for Clermont’s Planning Office

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Lori Toth, on the left, and Jim Lobb ( perspective member),  on the right, decorated the Christmas Tree at Clermont City Hall Planning Office.   Clermont Garden Club installs and decorates a Christmas Tree in the Planning Office each year to promote and develop civic beautification.

Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Clermont Garden Club’s Dec. Yard of the Month

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Clermont Garden Club has chosen Noland’s Roofing for December’s  “Yard of the Month.”   Noland’s Roofing is located at 1295 W. Highway 50,  Clermont.   A row of beautiful hibiscus bushes serve as a divider between the highway and Noland’s property.   At the corner of the building, next to the entrance, you are greeted by a riot of color in the planting bed.  There are mounds of periwinkle in shades of  fuchsia, white, red, and pink around the base of two tall palms.
Yard of the Month spotlights a garden of a different Clermont resident or business once a month from September – May to establish relationships with the community and increase awareness of Clermont Garden Club.
Clermont Garden Club meets every third Wednesday of the month, at the clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.
Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

 

Another Day In The Garden

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Clermont Garden Club members, prospective member, and relative volunteered their time and energy to spruce up Clermont Garden Club’s Garden.  As usual, the weeds were at war in the garden.  However, volunteers pulled, chopped,and dug out weeds with a vengeance.  The weeds surrendered and the volunteers were victorious, today, November 26, 2018!  However, the weeds vow to return again for battle.

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Kudos to Clermont Garden Club members Pat Richardson, Cindy Simon, and Gwen Carter.  Also, our sincere gratitude to O.J. Richardson (Pat’s Husband) and Jim Lobb (prospective member) for their assistance in the garden.

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Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Holiday Plants Care and Selection Program

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Leslie Lightbourne,  Master Gardener and Residential Horticulture Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County was the featured speaker at Clermont Garden Club on Wednesday,  November 21, 2018.

Leslie  talked  about the selection, care, and history of  holiday plants.  She shared planting guidelines for your holiday plants and  how to keep your holiday plants healthy, after the holidays, in pots or in your yard.

The holiday plants Leslie discussed were:

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Poinsettia,(Euphorbia pulcherrima) a native to Mexico, used by the Aztecs for dye, and named for the man who brought the plant to the United States,  John Poinsett.  Albert Ecke began cultivating poinsettia in  Los Angeles, CA in 1909.   The Ecke family made the poinsettia into a top-selling Christmas plant.  The poinsettia is not poisonous.

When selecting a poinsettia, bracts should be completely colored, balanced & full, no leaf dropping or wilting, 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter, and check ‘true’ flowers for too much pollen.  Also, the tighter the flower, the fresher the plant.

Inside the house, poinsettia prefer 65 degrees at night, 75-80 degrees during the day, free of drafts, bright light, water when soil is dry to touch mist leaves to add humidity, and do not fertilize during the holiday season.

After the holidays, keep poinsettia dry and do not fertilize.  In the Spring, cut off branches and leave 4-6″ on each branch, use a balanced fertilizer, and keep in a partly shady location.

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Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is native to South American jungles, NOT a true cactus, and colors are yellow, salmon, fuchsia, and white.  The name commemorates Frederic Schlumberger, who had a collection of cacti at his château near Rouen.  The plant was discovered in Brazil in 1837 which had been named Epiphyllum russellianum by William Hooker.

Christmas Cactus prefers well-drained soil, soil kept moist but not soggy, bright, but not direct strong sun,and will not tolerate frosts or freezes.  DO NOT ROTATE, buds are sensitive to light, don’t like change.

For re-blooming, Christmas Cactus like night temps of 50-55 degrees F, cease fertilization during bud formation, 13 hours of uninterrupted formation from Sept.- Nov. and cover from 6pm – 7am with a paper bag or dark cloth.

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Amaryllis  (Amaryllis;L)  flowers on stalks from late Summer to Fall, flowers on stalks in Spring, bulbs are available from Sept. – Jan., grow all year in Florida, and grow in clumps of 10 or more.

Plant Amaryllis in light shade, well-drained soil, amend soil with organic matter, best to dig, separate, and replant every year, ;plant 12-15″ apart, and use 6-6-6 fertilizer 2-3 times a year.  Remove spent flowers before the seed head is produced, remove anthers to prolong flowering, and remove yellowing or brown leaves around Sept. – Oct.

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Paperwhite Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus) is one of the few species known as paperwhite and is a perennial bulbus plant native to the Mediterranean region.

Fill a 3-4 inch deep bowl or other shallow container without drainage holes with crushed rock, pebbles, or other decorative stones to plant your paperwhite bulbs.   Push the bulbs down into the stones so the tips stay upright and water until the water just covers the bottom of the bulb.  Paperwhites produce snowy white sweetly fragrant flowers.

Paperwhites will grow and bloom with nothing more than water and stones or pebbles.  Unlike other narcissus, paperwhites don’t require a cool period before blooming.  Give them some food and they are ready to go.

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Rosemary Christmas Tree (Rosmarinus officinalis) was a popular holiday plant before the 20th century.  Let the plant dry between watering and repot in a larger pot.  Wen planting in the yard, plant for a South or West exposure.  The Rosemary Christmas Tree can reach a height of 6′.

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Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)  is hardy in zones 10A-11, prefer full sun, high drought tolerance, susceptible to root rot, grows fast, can be maintained as a house plant, and can be susceptible to mites and or piercing sucking insects.

Norfolk Island Pine has good wind tolerance, can reach 80 feet high, and is too large for most yards.

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Cyclamen (Primulaceae)  flowers bloom above compact leaves and, at times, are hard to maintain. Cyclamen is native to Europe and Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one species in Somalia.   Cyclamen require bright light , night temps. of 50 degrees and day temps of 60-65 degrees.  Replant in one part peat to one part soil to two parts sand.

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Anthuriums (Herbaceous Epiphytes) are native to South America and Central America.  There are 800 – 1000 known species, perform well and root bound.  Anthuriums require bright/indirect sunlight, dry out between watering and don’t use a lot of fertilizer.

Members enjoyed the presentation and gained a mass of relevant information.

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Clermont Garden Club meets every third Wednesday, of the month, at the clubhouse, 849 West Avenue, Clermont, Florida 34711.  Meetings start at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Holiday Plant Care

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Leslie Lightbourne,  Master Gardener and Residential Horticulture Extension Agent,  UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County is the featured speaker at Clermont Garden Club on Wednesday,  November 21, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.

Leslie will talk about the selection and care of  holiday plants.  She will share planting guidelines for your holiday plants.  Leslie will discuss how to keep your holiday plants in pots after the holidays.

The holiday plants Leslie will discuss are:

Poinsettia

Christmas Cactus

Amaryllis

Paperwhite

Rosemary Christmas Tree

Norfolk Island Pine

Cyclamen

Arthurian

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Clermont Garden Club members meet every third Wednesday of the month at the clubhouse,  849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings  begin at 10:00 A.M.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

 

Clermont Garden Club New Member Sip & See

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New members of Clermont Garden Club, (CGC) had an opportunity, on November 14, 2018, to ” SEE” the ins and out of the gardening community while enjoying some tasty refreshments.

Clermont Garden Club member,  Tina Worrell,  shared a poem, ” My Garden Is My Sanctuary ” by Marie Church.  A great opening for the day.

Clermont Garden Club’s President,  Debra Smidt,  guided the new members through the hierarchy of the gardening community starting with the National Garden Club,  Inc., followed by the Deep South Region (Alabama,  Florida,  Georgia,  Louisiana,  Mississippi & Tennessee), next comes Florida Federation of Garden Clubs,  Inc,  then the 12 Districts of  Florida.   Clermont Garden Club is proud to be in District VII.

Debra continued by explaining Clermont Garden Club’s Purpose and Bylaws.

Clermont Garden Club member,  Marilyn Paone,  shared Clermont Garden Club’s history and interesting tidbits about the club.

Clermont Garden Club’s Executive Officers and Board Members explained the various duties and responsibilities of all the chairmen positions.

New members had a chance to mingle with long-standing members, of the club, during a question and answer session.

New members were encouraged to find their nitch in the club and become active members.

Clermont Garden Club members meet, every third Wednesday of the month, in the clubhouse located at 849 West Avenue,  Clermont,  Florida 34711.  Meetings begin at 10:00 A.M.  New members and guests are warmly welcomed.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

 

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S.E.E.K Scholarships

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seek-pictClermont Garden Club is sponsoring S.E.E.K. (Save Earth’s Environment through Knowledge) Scholarships for South Lake County students in grades 9 – 11 for the 2018-2019 school year.

S.E.E.K. is an Environmental Conference sponsored by Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (FFGC) for the purpose of instilling a love and respect for the REAL Florida in our youth through nature study, conservation, and protection of our environment for the future of our state and planet.

S.E.E.K. Conference will be held at Chinsegut Retreat and Conservation Camp in Brooksville,  Florida from Monday, June 17, 2019 through Thursday, June 20, 2019.

For more information about S.E.E.K., go to  www.clermontgardenclub.com  and check out the S.E.E.K. Program under our Gardening Links.

Interested students, please contact Ruth Webb,  ruth.webb1938@gmail.com  or Gwen Carter, dabney50@aol.com by December 15, 2018.

Clermont Garden Club is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.