Since we are officially in FALL, are you savoring the last blooms of summer? My (lavender) rose bush is providing several smiling buds and blooms. I’m also enjoying the various blooms in our community.
The presidential gavel has been passed to me for the remainder of the Bloomer year and I accept it with honor. Due to personal circumstances, Shirley Lowes will assume the role as past president. She did a great job this past year with her enthusiasm and hard work, and we all thank her.
When I became interested in the Bloomers a decade ago, potential members had to write a letter of intent and describe why they wanted to join. It was then voted upon by the Bloomers Board. At the time, the limit for membership was a maximum of 45, so applicants were screened.
Fast forward 2014, and with the guidance of many great leaders over the years, we Bloomers are 80+ strong. And, we have plenty of rows left in our membership garden, so encourage your friends and neighbors. The friendships as well as the information are a bonus in our lives. Plus, my thumb has gone from dark brown to light green since I joined the Bloomers. I’m anticipating that it will be forest green as time goes on.
Our Kick-‐Off meeting and luncheon was Wednesday, the 24 th. It began with a special presentation from gardener extraordinaire, Buzz Bertolero. He awarded Eileen Rice with the “Gardener of the Year” for the Diablo Foothills District. Eileen has a plethora of gardening experience, knowledge and has been a backbone of the Bloomers for many years. We’re so proud of you, Eileen!!
Too, Floral Designer, Katherine Bergman created 7 stunning arrangements and shared tools and tips of the trade to enhance arrangements. Having grown up in Indiana, our yard was full of species indigenous to the area. Maple trees, mulberry trees, irises, peonies, etc. And, there was “the garden.” In the Midwest when you talk garden you are talking corn, peas, beans, okra, tomatoes, etc. When you talked garden you were also talking about watering, weeding, picking, stemming, shelling and snapping, which lead to canning and freezing.
It was really a full time job to plant, pluck and preserve the vegetables of the summer. And, all the while you were swatting bugs, flies, bees and sweating in the humidity. Here in California, our gardens include our flowers, shrubs and trees, whether they are blooming or not. I have adopted the CA definition of a garden. I love going outside on any given day and at any given hour to enjoy and admire the garden without having to accomplish the aforementioned tasks.
However you define the garden, I hope that you will join us for our next meeting, October 22. Our program will be presented by Bill the Bulb Baron. With his delightful personality, knowledge and available bulbs, it looks to be yet another fun day with your fellow gardeners.
“Gardening and laughing are two of the best things in life that you can do to promote good health and a sense of well being”…………….Doug Larson.