July 2014

Dear Members

Half the year gone!  Hope you are enjoying some lazy days of summer.

Our field trip to Annie’s Annual’s was a fun outing!  Although it was sunny in Richmond, it was a bit breezy.  The place is well organized and easy to locate plants plus a very attractive nursery.  I spent a bit more than my budget as couldn’t resist a few new plants.  I’ll let you know how they’re doing in the next  newsletter.  Afterwards most of us went back to Dorene’s house for champagne, tea, munchies and dessert.  Thanks, Dorene!  It was a cool day in Pacifica but we enjoyed sitting in her backyard, which looked so colorful and lush.  On the Tour next year?

The Board will meet on July 30 and begin plans for Garden Tour 2015.  Jot down any addresses you see that might be considered.  We’ll also plan speakers and activities for the upcoming months.

Our membership is down a bit but hopefully we’ll pick up some new people as the year continues.  You are always welcome to invite friends or family to a meeting.

We received info about this year’s Fog Fest, Saturday, September 27.  PGC has walked in the parade the past few years.  I think it’s good publicity for us, and a spirited community event.  Mark your calendar!

This month is our social instead of a regular Wednesday meeting.  The Pinelli’s are hosting, details follow.

See you there!



Members in Doreen’s garden the day of the Annie’s Annuals excursion.

Our next Meeting is a Garden Party!
Sunday, July 20th, 12:30pm
Join us for a Garden party at 1124 Banyan Way: Paula Pinellis’s. (the phone number is 355-2846)
Michael Graupe is going to have a plant sale before the lunch. He is just down and across the street (1131 Bayan Way) and will have plants ready for members to purchase. So be prepared to attend that also around 11:30. 

The food sign up list (so far) is as follows:
Michael Graupe               Baked Beans
Madeline McCormick      BBQ Chicken Wings
Paula Pinelli                      Italian Macaroni                                      
June Kafka                        Green Salad
Diana Segur                      7-Layer Salad
Gloria McCoy                    Side
Greta Luelen                     Salad
Dorene                               ?
Floran                                 ?
Jill                                        Cookies
Karen                                  Sangria
Mike Pinelli                        Wine/Beer

Join us to celebrate summer!

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
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     ~Update on Enid~
per Lynda GoldenEnid called me yesterday.  She says she is doing well.  Some mix up at Kaiser and did not get neck brace off till later than expected.  Can turn head a little each way and is expecting to get therapy to get more action with sideways movement starting soon.  Therefore she is not driving. She is not going out much.She said they just got the hospital bed dismantled from the living room and is excited to sleep in her regular bed . She has been so busy that she has only read one book of those lent to her.  She is starting to work in her garden.  Will not be back to exercise soon but is looking forward to being back to her old self.She sounded cheerful.  I said I’d pass along the news and her hello to her garden and exercise buddies.


Good Bugs for the Garden
Bugs tend to get a bad rap. Yet mah bugs we often thin of as pests – such as spicer, ants and wasps – are actually super beneficial for your yard!
Predatory Beetles and Bugs—-Tiger soldier, ground and ladybird beetles, along with assassin and pirate bugs, are a few you should welcome to your garden as residents. Why?? Because they dine on other bugs that will try to make your plants their next snack.
Bees, Wasps, and Ants – Don’t be so quick to shoo away bees. —Bee species are important pollinators which are largely responsible of seeds, nuts, berries and other fruits that form the bottom of the food chain – feeding both people and wildlife.
Caterpillars— More than 95% of backyard birds rely on caterpillars as a primary food ror their young. Attract caterpillars to your garden and you will also be attraction more birds.
Spiders— Spiders are some of the most helpful garden invertebrates. All spiders are predatory and feed on insects that could be a threat to your garden.
Dragonflies and Damselflies—These aerial acrobats are a double threat. In their adult phase, they feed on all manner of unwanted flying insects, from mosquitoes to biting flies, and gnats; and their aquatic larvae are no slouches either, devouring the larvae of the same pests.
Plant Innate Insect Repellent—One way to keep damaging insects away from your garden is to mask the other plants’ scents/ You can easily do this by mixing fragrant herbs like basil, chives, oregano, rosemary and sage in with your other plants. Because the strong-smelling herbs mask the scents of desirable plants, insects often will leave them alone.



  • JULY 20th ~ Garden Party at Paula & Mike Pinelli’s
  • AUGUST Meeting ~ Speaker: Susan Elliot – Garden

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  • SEPTEMBER Meeting ~ Our own Charlotte Masson

will tell us about her summer trip to the garden show in


Gardening – A Stress Reliever

Life can sometimes be complicated. We live in a world that frequently challenges us by the need to multitask; modern technology can cause information overload. We have family to care for. All of this can lead to stress. Gardening is an ideal stress reliever. The experience of gardening allows us to massage the soil, to see the harvest from a planted seed, and to behold the beauty in the face of a flower. A garden is a perfect antidote, a place where we can slow down and reconnect with the natural wold the way our ancestors did all day every day.
Whether you have containers on a small patio or a vat amount of space to ten, your garden can bring you peace. It offers a feast for the senses with the fragrances of lilacs, lavender, basil and roses. Gardening provides a sense of accomplishment, and leads to great satisfaction when the early blooms of spring emerge or when the first ripe tomato is ready for picking. Make an intentional choice to savor it all!
Keep gardening a hobby, not a chore, so it will not crate more stress. Be realistic about how much time and energy you have for your garden.
Luther Burbank said, “Flowers…are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” Observing how each flower exists and flourishes-just how it was created- brings not only joy, but a deep sense of clam and beauty.
Gardening also provides an opportunity for “community”. We are each others partners in gardening by our club membership, by learning together though a variety of speakers and programs, and by our community work and outreach. It includes maintaining our parks, beautifying or rest areas and planting tress for Arbor Day, plus providing garden therapy with cheer baskets at holidays. These efforts allow others to also reap the benefits.
Enjoy gardening! It is a true stress reliever!!
by: Roseanna M Hester, President of Rosailia Garden Club, Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs

Here are some pictures of the Club’s Excursion to Annie’s  Annuals in Richmond on June 21st.

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