The Buffalo Garden Club held its March meting March 25 at the home of Liz Van Dee. The members attending were Cecilia Dixon, Darlene Dufeck, Shirley Hyatt, Thelma Kurtz, Liz Van Dee and Janet Wood. The roll call question was, “What is your favorite plant start, bulb, division or seed to share with others?” With a variety of answers, many were for plants that divided easily and were quick starters, such as iris tubers, hostas and various ground covers.

Cecilia presented the treasurer’s report. The club made a donation to the Neighbors in Need program and reimbursed for postage. The club balance remains in a positive balance.

Liz reported about the display gardens. She called for a workday to clean up the gardens from the fall and winter effects. We raked the leaves, trimmed the shrubs and prepared the ground for the spring growth. The gardens are refreshed and ready for spring. After the spring flowers have bloomed, Liz will prepare the gardens for their very colorful summer showing. As the gardens chairman, Liz will next set her attention to the walking trail planters. After the winter months and the spring squirrels, they will need added mulch and general attention.

As Janet suggested at our last meeting, we collected the diapers we raised for The Haven in Buffalo. This is another of our club’s community activities.  

Most recently the Buffalo Garden Club has gotten its own website to inform everyone about the activities of the club. Darlene was in charge of getting this online and has done a great job. Janet has asked Darlene to be the club webmaster, and she has accepted. Darlene will keep the site current with our various activities and plans. This site will be exclusively for the Buffalo Garden Club. Our hope is that the site will be an informative place for the community. Thank you, Darlene, for all your work here.

After our break for lunch, Cecilia presented the bird report about the Cooper’s hawk. This is one of the smaller hawks in Missouri. They are year-round residents being found in the woodland areas. They can be identified by their large head and short, stubby wings and a long tail. The Cooper’s hawk often ambushes small birds for food and small mammals. Both the male and female build the nest and have one brood of two to four eggs per year.

After our business meeting, a few of us worked on preparing the flowers for the upcoming plant sale on April 17. In addition to the wide variety of plants for the sale, we will also have a variety of decorative and functional planters that were donated to the club. Shoppers can select a just right plant and a planter at the same time. One-stop shopping!

Our April 22 meeting will be at Thelma Kurtz’s home. This is our annual meeting where we tour Thelma’s Wildflower Trail, that was her 2008 award-winner by the Missouri Forest Keepers.

Garden tips

Did you know that rosemary, peppermint mint and basil are deterrents for fleas, ticks, spiders, mosquitoes and houseflies?

Wait to feed your azaleas and hollies until after flowering; use 10-6-4 fertilizer. Prune after flowering to control height and width.

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