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August 2019 Meeting Notice & Newsletter

The August 8th ECA meeting will be held between 7pm and 9 pm at Clinton Bamboo, The largest local bamboo grower in Seattle. The address is 12260 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98168. Call Erika Harris for more info. We will tour the nursery, see Erica’s Chrysanthemums. There will be appetizers provided by the club. Spouses are welcome to attend. This should be very interesting and a lot of fun.

Here are the DRAFT minutes from the July meeting:

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019 7:00 pm – 9 pm

MEETING MINUTES

Seattle Police Athletic Association

In attendance: Sydney Ogilvie, Erika Harris, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, David Rynes, Mark Ross, Ronnie Elliott, Gerald Quintua, Heidi Garman

Cultural Presentation 

Reviewed ECA July “To Do” List

Continue Feeding Program

a) After 3 weeks in the final pot start a bi-monthly mid-summer feeding program (1 to 2 Teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water). Miracle grow is suitable only for the specimen plants having 11 to 20 laterals.  It has too much nitrogen for the plants with fewer laterals. Connies, Dukes, Jessies, Ralph Lambert, Gigantics, Harry Gees, Elsie Prosser are all heavy feeders.  Consider increasing the fertilizer concentrations on these varietals.   On the other side, most reds and Purples and most incurves require a lighter feeding level such as 2/3 tsp per Gal.  Keep in mid that it is very easy to over fertilize.  Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard or curled then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow try drying them out. If drying the plant doesn’t help try feeding ½ teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed liquid iron. Do not over feed liquid iron. Leaf feeding with liquid Iron products such as Sequesterine or chelated Liquid Iron will also help green up the plants. Also, you might need to add some lime to sweeten your mix. Try adding ½ tsp per pot of slacked/hydrated lime. Ph control should be addressed for all your plants. If you have general yellowing on new leaves or green mold on the pot or soil, it’s a sign of acidity. In general you could add ½ to 1 tsp slacked lime once a month until housing. In general a ph from 6.25 to 6.5 is desired. If you increase the ph too much on reds and purples the bloom color will be less bright.
– Continue this feeding program right up to the bud formation, then drop to approximately ½ tsp per gallon through most of the bloom formation. Heavy feeding during the early bud growth can seriously deform the buds.
-Water thoroughly when you water but don’t water until the plant needs water or feed. Jessies and Dukes generally require less water than most, so don’t water them just because you are walking by with the hose. On the other side, Gigantics and Pat Brophy need more frequent watering. In following your watering program, it is good to let your pots dry out a tad before rewatering as that tends to promote stronger roots. Note: I did not say you should let your pots dry out during the starting stages, nor during the bloom stage.

Continue Pest Management Program

Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Marathon systemic insecticide is applied once per growing season to each pot at the rate of ½ tsp per pot to control aphids, (particularly black aphids). A product called Seven when spread around the roots and or sprayed on the plant can be very effective in controlling ear wigs.

Continue Disease Control

For disease control spray regularly ( every two weeks) with a fungicide during the summer and Fall season. Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended.  Daconil can be purchased at McLendons Hardware. It takes care of Botrytus, Early blight, Rust, Late blight, Ring spot, Powdery mildew and other diseases that we typically associate with the heavily fertilized mums. A word of caution: as advertised on the bottle, always use a good fine mesh Nasal filter with Dacolin and don’t expose yourself, others, or pets to this as it can be very harmful. In particular you don’t want to get any of this spray in your lungs. See detailed uses and precautions attached to the package. Spray with fungicides every 2-3 weeks, don’t wait until the fungus is visible. It’s also recommended to thoroughly spray your pots when cleaning them for housing.

Continue Lateral Control

Side laterals will develop after the final pinch. Select the number of laterals to carry through the summer and remove all other side shoots. Generally the topmost lateral below the stem break is removed, as it is the weakest lateral structurally and easily broken off by accident. At this early stage you should carry 1-2 more lateral than you want at the bloom stage. An old saying goes: “I grow 2 for me and one for the bug.”

Surplus laterals are removed later in the summer using the following guide.
For #1 & #2 cultivars, carry 2 or 3 laterals initially, cull to 1 or 2 in Aug.
For #3 cultivars, carry 5 laterals and cull Sept. or Oct.
For #4 & b#5 cultivars, carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull to 2 to 3 in Sept.
For Earlies (13-15 and 23-25) carry 4-5 laterals and cull to 2-3 in Sept.
For Spiders, Quills, Spoons, Singles etc. follow the guide for #4 and #5.
Note: Cutting back to the few laterals seems to be a most difficult task for the novice. You must do it however if you wish to get large blooms.

Begin Staking Plants

By now all plants will require staking. A 16-24 in stake should be placed along the main plant stem and tied to it to support and protect the plant. As the side laterals develop it will be necessary to add longer stakes that can support each lateral all the way to bud development. Care must be exercised so as to not spread the new laterals too far apart when staking, as one or more could be broken off. In other words let the laterals grow till they can be easily tied to the new stakes.

4. Consider Flushing:
If you are growing in a straight Soilless mix such as M&R you should flush your pots every 4-6 weeks to get the excess salts out of you medium. If you are mixing compost or loam with your soilless the excess salts will be absorbed by the soil and flushing isn’t generally necessary. Never the less it’s a good idea to give your pots a good flushing once or twice. For flushing, fill the pot with clear water, let it drain, refill and drain twice more. After you have completed the flushing, there will be little feed left so it’s a good idea to add a new weeks supply of fertilizer.

5. Start thinking about Top Dressing:
Top dress the pots in late July or early August and again when the buds show color(around Sept 1 to 15). Spread 1 to 2 hands full of your final potting mix on each pot. This gives the upper roots a better growing environment.

8. Start thinking about Taking the buds:
From mid-July to late August the terminal buds will start to appear on your laterals, followed by a ring of smaller buds just below the main bud. It is necessary that the ring of smaller buds be removed, leaving only the single bud on each lateral. This process is termed “Taking the Bud”. You need to let the ring of smaller buds develop to near ¼ inch before attempting to remove them so as to prevent damaging the main stem and primary bud. To remove the buds simply push them sideways with your thumb and they will easily break off. Don’t pinch them off. At this time it’s a good idea to add the bloom support stick i.e a small 16” long stick, tied to the main stem and to the support stake. This support will keep the growing stem straight and the bloom sitting square on top.

As a note we will be changing our fertilizer mixture by adding more Potash after the bud is taken. The August newsletter will cover this in more detail.

Business Meeting

1) Approve June meeting minutes – Mark Ross approved June meeting minutes and Ronnie Elliott seconded

2) Treasurers report presented by Sydney Ogilvie

June Financial Balance $8485.01

3) Old Business

a) Reviewed Show rules for Cascade and Bonsai classification determined that there is no need to modify the show rules at this time.

b) Madeline West has asked for our help providing 1 or 2 Chrysanthemum judges to judge the mum section at the November 18, 2019 Cross Sound District of Garden Clubs District show.  We agreed to help with the judging and would like to inquire about the possibility of entering mums in the district show.  The updated show rules were emailed to Madeline as a resource for classifications and the criteria for entering mums in a show.

c) ECA shirts – Steve Joyner reported that ECA logo one time set up fee – $75

Polo Shirts $29+$6 embroidery fee =$35 total

Long Sleeved poly/cotton button up shirt $34+$6 embroidery fee =$39 total

ECA will cover the set-up fee.  Members will pay for shirts and embroidery fee

Discussed using the clover credit card cube to make shirt purchases and practice using the machine

 d) Show ribbons have been ordered from Regalia should be delivered the first week of September

e) Non-member trophy replacement – Mark Ross proposed that instead of replacing the trophy, we should give the non-member winner a large ECA non-member best bloom ribbon and certificate.  David Rynes seconded the motion.  Sue Joyner will place an order with Regalia. 

f) Missing Trophies – Steve Joyner to research

Best vase of 3 incurves, 

Garden Variety Challenge

g) Replating trophies – Heidi Garman to research

h)  Plant sale chairperson –   Erika volunteered to take care of the paper work related pieces of the plant sale.  Sue Joyner to outline job responsibilities, Sydney Ogilvie will ask her granddaughter if she would photograph the show flowers so the photos can be used at the spring plant sale

4) New Business

a) The August 8th ECA meeting will be held between 7pm and 9 pm at Clinton Bamboo, The largest local bamboo grower in Seattle.  The address is 12260 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98168.  Erika Harris can be reached at 206-795-8410.  We will tour the nursery, see Erica Harris’s Chrysanthemums.  There will be light appetizers provided by the club. Spouses are welcome to attend.   

b) Access to the back green house at VPC is limited because the back steps do not have a handrail.  David Rynes proposed that we contact Volunteer Park Conservatory to discuss the installation of a handrail on the back steps and how ECA might grant funds for the project.  Marc Ross seconded   Steve Joyner will contact VPC (Dave Helgeson) to discuss this proposition. 

c) Ron Elliott would like to see us contact a local news station for coverage of our fall show at Volunteer park conservatory

d) There was a discussion about updating the ECA web page.  Sue will contact Steve Backstrom

ECA 2019 Calendar

Meeting Dates:  All 

Thursday, January 10, 2019    7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019         7 pm – 9 pm  

Thursday, February 14, 2019  7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019         7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019      7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Banquet

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Trustees Meeting:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 10 AM – NOON

Cutting University (VPC):

Saturday, February 16, 2019   10:00 am -1 pm Confirmed with VPC

Club Plant Sales:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Public Plant Sale:

Saturday, April 13, 2019  10:00 am – 2 pm Confirmed with VPC

2019 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Show: Confirmed with VPC

Set up: Tuesday, October 29, 2019  

  Wednesday, October 30, 2019  

Thursday, October 31, 2019  

Judging:  Friday, November 1, 2019     9 am – Noon  

Friends of the conservatory open house: Friday, November 1, 2019   6 pm to 8 pm

Public Show:  Friday, November 1, 2019     Noon to 4 pm  

          Saturday, November 2, 2019     10 am – 4 pm  

          Sunday, November 3, 2019       10 am – 4 pm  

Clean up:  Sunday, November 3, 2019    4 pm – 6 pm  

Banquet:

Thursday, November 14, 2019  6 pm Location to be determined

Monday November 18, 2019 – provide Chrysanthemum judges for Cross Sound District of Garden Clubs District show – Madeline West contact

July 2019 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Hi All

Our July meeting is Thursday July 11th @ 7 PM at the South Classroom.

Heads-up: The Cross Sound District of Garden Clubs may need 1 or 2 Chrys. Judges at our November 18, 2019 District show, because we plan to have a section on mums………….. This is an opportunity to help at a grade show and carry the message about ECA. Please prepare to discuss at the meeting or you can contact Madeline West for more details.

Please contact Ronnie if you need supplies.

DRAFT Minutes of ECA June Meeting:

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 7:00 pm – 9 pm

Seattle Police Athletic Association

In attendance: Mark Ross, Gerald Quintua, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, Ronnie Elliott, Erika Harris, Alva Nishimura, David Rynes, Sydney Ogilvie

Cultural Presentation by Erika Harris

Growing Bonsai

Soil Composition – ½ Cocoa fiber and ½ M&R mix or like

Mix with water to make mud

Remove starting soil and place plant into depression on rock surface

Compress mud around the plant and rock

Wrap in wet newspaper and keep wet for about a week

Spray with liquid fertilizer

Apply B9 weekly to help keep shape 

Growing Cascades

Solzan – Pink

Snow Dome – White

Firefall – Orange – really flexible

Place plant in shallow pot with wire frame attached

Carefully tie plant to frame and continue to train it as it grows.

13 weeks prior to show date cover w black plastic 12 hrs/day to force blooms

There’s a lot more pieces to this.  Secretary will clarify with Erika

Fertilizer education – handout provided for everyone present

Reviewed  June “To Do” List

1) Stopping Dates 

refer to cultivar list on the website for specific cultivar recommended stopping dates


2) Final potting into 8”, 9” or 10“ pots

a) Prepare pots by washing them in a mild Clorox solution (1 Tablespoon per gallon of water) then rinse in clear water.

b) with the goal being to make the plants semi root bound consider placing # 1 & #2 cultivars, 9” max, 8” could be used. #3s, 8” max

c) When potting take place after June 1st consider dropping down one pot size because the roots will not have enough time to fill the larger pots.  

3) Potting up process:

a) Place a piece of broken rock in the bottom of the pot to keep the drain clear. Place about 1-2 inches of dirt in the bottom of the pot. 

b) Add Marathon systemic to control black aphids. 

c) Place the 6” root ball on top of the dirt so that the top of the root ball is 1 to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. 

d) Fill around the root ball and stake in place with a shingle or bamboo stake.

4) Feeding Program

a) After 3 weeks in the final pot start a mid-summer feeding program (1 to 2 Teaspoons of 20-10-20 fertilizer per gallon of water. Watch leaves to gauge fertilizing. If leaves become hard, curled or turned over then you are overfeeding. If leaves are weak and lighter green then more fertilizer would help. If leaves are yellow you are overwatering or there is an iron deficiency.  First try drying plant out. If drying the plant doesn’t help try feeding ½ teaspoon Epsom salts per plant or leaf feed liquid iron. Do not over feed liquid iron. 

Pest Management Program

Review pest management program every 2 weeks. Spray with a fungicide every 2 weeks- Ortho Funginex or Daconil are recommended. Organic fungicides – Neem Oil or Botaniguard

Lateral Control

Side laterals will develop after the final pinch. Select the number of laterals to carry through the summer and remove all other side shoots. Generally the topmost lateral below the stem break is removed, as it is the weakest lateral structurally and easily broken off by accident. At this early stage you should carry 1-2 more lateral than you want at the bloom stage. An old saying goes: “I grow 2 for me and one for the bug.”

Surplus laterals are removed later in the summer using the following guide.
For #1 & #2 cultivars, carry 2 or 3 laterals initially, cull to 1 or 2 in Aug.
For #3 cultivars, carry 5 laterals and cull Sept. or Oct.
For #4 & b#5 cultivars, carry 4 to 5 laterals and cull to 2 to 3 in Sept.
For Earlies (13-15 and 23-25) carry 4-5 laterals and cull to 2-3 in Sept.
For Spiders, Quills, Spoons, Singles etc. follow the guide for #4 and #5.
Note: Cutting back to the few laterals seems to be a most difficult task for the novice. You must do it however if you wish to get large blooms.

Staking

By now all plants will require staking. A 16-24 in stake should be placed along the main plant stem and tied to it to support and protect the plant. As the side laterals develop it will be necessary to add longer stakes that can support each lateral all the way to bud development. Care must be exercised so as to not spread the new laterals too far apart when staking, as one or more could be broken off. In other words let the laterals grow till they can be easily tied to the new stakes.

Business Meeting

1) Welcome our New members – Gerald Quintua, Bruce Fischer, Benjamin Bentler

2) Approved May meeting minutes – Gerald Quintua and Erika Harris approved and seconded motion

3) Treasurers report presented by Sydney Ogilvie

June Balance $8497.48

Plant sale balance – $2183.00

4) Old Business

a) Erika found some small boxes on Amazon that we can purchase for 10 cents per box for next years’ plant sale – Erika will order them for the show.

b) Plant sale chairperson – 

c) Missing Trophies – Steve Joyner to research replacements for

Best Bloom Non-Member, 

Best vase of 3 incurves, 

Garden Variety Challenge

d) Replating trophies – Heidi Garman to research – no update at this meeting

e) ECA shirts – Steve Joyner presented shirt information will contact an embroidery company to inquire about their shirt requirements

f) New member coaching assignments – coaching contact information has been distributed to new members

5) New Business

Review show rules for Bonsais and spray categories

ECA 2019 Calendar

Meeting Dates:  All 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm  

Thursday, February 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Banquet

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

 Trustees Meeting:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 10 AM – NOON

Cutting University (VPC):

Saturday, February 16, 2019   10:00 am -1 pm Confirmed with VPC

Club Plant Sales:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Public Plant Sale:

Saturday, April 13, 2019  10:00 am – 2 pm Confirmed with VPC

2019 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Show: Confirmed with VPC

Set up: Tuesday, October 29, 2019  

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  

Thursday, October 31, 2019  

Judging:  Friday, November 1, 2019     9 am – Noon  

Friends of the conservatory open house: Friday, November 1, 2019   6 pm to 8 pm

Public Show:  Friday, November 1, 2019     Noon to 4 pm  

          Saturday, November 2, 2019     10 am – 4 pm  

          Sunday, November 3, 2019       10 am – 4 pm  

Clean up:  Sunday, November 3, 2019    4 pm – 6 pm  

Banquet:

Thursday, November 14, 2019  6 pm Location to be determined

June 2019 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY June 13th, 2019 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We are in the small classroom on the right as you come down the driveway. June is a particularly busy month in growing mums so hope you can attend the meeting and bring your questions!

The following supplies will be available at the June meeting to support your final potting on. Call Ronnie right away if you need soils
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix 1 cu ft. bag
– Pumice (coarse) 1 cu ft.
– Farmyard Manure 1 cu ft.

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ You’ll need this once you have potted on to the final pot-9″ or 8″
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
– Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Plant tags

Minutes from the May Meeting are below:

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 7:00 pm – 9 pm

MEETING MINUTES

Seattle Police Athletic Association

In attendance: Ron Elliott, Lizzie Whetstone, Mark Ross, Erika Harris, Jill Aldrich, Rich Aldrich, Alva Nishimura, Satoshi Nakayama, Madeline West, Sydney Ogilvie, Susan Joyner, Gerald Quintua, Heidi Garman 

Cultural Presentation by Heidi Garman

Growing Chrysanthemum Organically 

Soil Amendments:

1) Extra Perlite-for good drainage

2) Black Gold regular potting soil or M&R mix

3) Compost sterilized from Cedar Grove or Rabbit Compost

4) Peat Moss

5) Dolomite Lime- just a small amount to add calcium and magnesium

6) Langbeinite- naturally occurring marine deposit that is high in Potassium , Magnesium, Sulfur, and Oxygen. It’s a slow release fertilizer that does not burn plants, change the soil PH, or increase soluble salts in the soil

7) Greensand- is Fossil Rich Marine Sediments that are high in Iron, Potassium, Silicate and charged particles to facilitate CEC or Cation Exchange Properties. The Silica in the Greensand has many benefits to plants including increased immunity and helps with Nitrogen uptake. The Potassium in the Greensand causes the green color

8) Azomite- Comes from Ancient Volcanic Rocks and is high in Minerals and Rare Earth Elements. Doesn’t raise or lower PH.

Fertilizers

Dr.Earth Bud and Bloom with Mycorrhizae

Osmocote-slow release DON’T OVER_DO IT! 

Alaska Fish Food, Small amounts of Club fertilizer

Any liquid Fertilizer with trace minerals like Foxfarm, DynaGrow, MaxSea, Dr. Earth liquid Rose Food Fungicides approved for Organic Gardening OMRI listed (Mix with non-chlorinated filtered or distilled water)

DefGaurd Biofungicide- controls powdery mildew, botrytis, anthracnose, black mold, fruit rot leaf spot etc.

Serenade- Bayer Science OMRI approved naturally occurring soil bacterium that controls bacterial spot, powdery mildew, rust, gray mold, leaf blight scab etc. It’s easy to find at Ace Hardware, Walmart, Amazon etc.

Actinovate – uses Streptomyces Lydicus to kill fungus on the plants and in the roots. Must be mixed with filtered water or distilled water to use. Chlorine will kill the Streptomyces in it. Also make sure the product is not out of date

Neem Oil- antifungal anti-bug I use Einstein Oil and buy it on Amazon

Pesticides

Neem Oil

Azadiractin like AzaGaurd, Azera Gardening – order on Amazon

Business Meeting

1) Welcome our New members – Gerald Quintua, Bruce Fischer, Benjamin Bentler

2) Approved March meeting minutes 

3) Treasurers report presented by Sydney Ogilvie

May Balance $8444.81 

4) Old Business

a) April Plant Sale meeting recap

1) ECA members only

2) need a larger meeting space for plant sale meetings

3) consider changing  meeting format for plant sale meeting nights

a) Utilize Plant sale chairperson to organizes plants by classification and variety for plant sale meeting nights and assign seasoned grower to assist new growers in selecting plants

b) Public plant sale Recap – April 13, 2019 10 am to 2 pm 

  Positives

1) Price is right $3

2) Good public turnout

3) Good FB presence

People mentioned that they learned about the plant sale on FB

$50 spent advertising plant sale on FB   6381 people reached via FB

4) Good location

5) small boxes and bags for customers to carry plants were a good addition 

Challenges

1)  February weather 

a) Negatively impacted plant starts and plant sale planning

b) Fewer garden varietals than normal – due to lost plants

2)  Plant varietals and quantities vary from year to year –

we don’t really know what we have until the day of the plant sale

Improvements

1) Accept credit cards – $3.25 per plant?

2) Set up two checkouts – 2 people each

3) Create a plant selection list to be used at checkout

4) “WorkerBee” coupons reimbursable for plants 

5) ECA club business cards on hand with contact information

6) change plant sale times 9 am -1 pm

7) put membership sign up and how to grow instructions away from checkout area – stream line checkout

8) Erika found some small boxes on Amazon that we can purchase for 10 cents per box for next years’ plant sale

9) Plant sale chairperson – 

c) Missing Trophies – Best Bloom Non-Member, Best vase of 3 incurves, Garden Variety Challenge

Steve Joyner to research

d) Relating trophies – Heidi Garman to research

New Business

a) New member coaching assignments – coaching contact information distributed to new members

b) Interest in ECA shirts – Steve Joyner researching this

May 2019 Newsletter & Meeting Notice

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org
Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SPRING !

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY MAY 9th, 2019 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We meeting the small south class room on the right of the driveway.

Dues for 2019
“Last call – fair warning”. Please pay up, if this has not been done yet, or you cannot enter your blooms in our show in November.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES

The following supplies will be available at the May ECA meeting:

M&R mix

Early Season fertilizer

Late season Fertilizer

Plant tags

Plant starts

Cultural presentation:  Heidi Garman will share information about her growing process.  She gardens using organic fertilizers and pesticides.  Other cultural topics will include soil composition, potting-up & stopping dates 

Please bring any left over plants to the May Meeting as some members may still want some cultivars.

Mintues from the April Meeting:

In attendance:  

Cultural Presentation

Business Meeting

1) Approve and Second the January meeting minutes – No February meeting and No March minutes

2) Treasurers report by Sydney Ogilvie

Balance – $6144.75

3) Old Business

a) Satellite North Update – Steve Joyner

In contact with Jan Hunt – nothing new to report

c) Missing Trophies – Best Bloom Non-Member, Best vase of 3 incurves, Garden Variety Challenge

Steve Joyner to look into options

Heidi Garmen suggested replating the trophies

d)  FB administrator changed from Kris Stevens to Sue Joyner advertising on FB page

e) Public plant sale – April 13, 2019 10 am to 2 pm 

  i) postcards were mailed, Facebook promotions on ECA website were updated weekly, 

VPC promotion was created; advertising in the newspaper 

ii) Cube is to be delivered to Mark Ross’s address on Friday at 8 pm

iii) Public plant sale prices $3.00 cash, $3.50 with Credit card

iv) meet at VPC on Friday at 10 am to set up for plant sale – bring your starts

v) clean up after plant sale – Ron to take any remaining starts

New Business

ECA Polo Shirts – any interest?  – Steve Joyner to look into options

April 2019 Newsletter – Plant Sale

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org
http://ecamumclub.org/

HAPPY EASTER!!

DUES
If you have NOT paid your dues, please do!! Our Treasurer is Sydney Ogilve – please contact her if you cannot make the meeting on 4-11-2019.

Our NEXT MEETING OF THE ECA IS OUR MEMBER PLANT SALE!!! IMPORTANT!!!!
Please note that our April Meeting is Thursday, April 11th at Seattle Police Athletic Association. For directions, please click on the ABOUT ECA tab above. We are now meeting in the South Class Room. This meeting is important as we prepare final details for our Annual Plant sale on Saturday, April 13th. Please bring plants to the April 11th meeting for sale to members. Please note that NOVICES have first preference for plants – Novices please have your coaches help you select plants. Members are reminded to bring in their extra plants for our member plant sale and the public sale. Only healthy looking plants are accepted for the “Sales Events”. For those bringing in plants, please also bring in newspaper or a cloth to cover the table if your plants are in an open bottom carrier. This will help the clean up crew when tidying at the end of the meeting.

A huge THANK YOU to our tireless & more prolific growers who have been providing so many plants for so many years to benefit our club. This is how we fund our activites.

We will have a large variety of cultivars for sale at our Annual Plant Sale, Saturday, April 13th between 10 am and 2 pm at the lower greenhouse at Volunteer Park Conservatory.  ADDRESS: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112
Cultivars include Incurves, Reflexes, Pompons, Spiders, Large and Medium exhibitions, Charms, Anemones and Hardy Garden.
We invite you to join the Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association and learn to grow these magnificent flowers. 
We have every level of growers from those who are very new to this gardening hobby to members who have grown Chrysanthemums for over 40 years! Our club meets the second Thursday every month from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Seattle Police Athletic Association. Growing instruction and coaching is provided at every meeting. Come grow with us!

Remember to bring your plants in to Volunteer Park Conservatory and help with set up on Friday, April 12th starting at 1 P.M. The Saturday, April 13th public plant sale will be held from 10 A.M. to-2 P.M.

Club Library/Publications Notices Notes

Mark Ross is our Club Librarian. We have a limited collection of excellent reference books and the goal is for Members to take books out for one month only. Thereby we can give as many growers as possible a chance to read and learn from the experiences and knowledge of other growers.



Want to Join ECA?

Membership is $15.00 per year payable to our treasurer. You can come to one of our monthly meetings to join or let us know your interest in Contact ECA(above).

ECA Plant Sale Saturday April 13th

We beat the 2019 Snowmageddon and with the recent change in weather our trays of Chrysanthemum starts are off to a good start. 
We will have a large variety of cultivars for sale at our Annual Plant Sale, Saturday, April 13th between 10 am and 2 pm at the lower greenhouse at Volunteer Park Conservatory.  ADDRESS: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112
Cultivars include Incurves, Reflexes, Pompons, Spiders, Large and Medium exhibitions, Charms, Anemones and Hardy Garden.
We invite you to join the Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association and learn to grow these magnificent flowers. 
We have every level of growers from those who are very new to this gardening hobby to members who have grown Chrysanthemums for over 40 years! Our club meets the second Thursday every month from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Seattle Police Athletic Association. Growing instruction and coaching is provided at every meeting. Come grow with us!

March 2019 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Please see the February 2019 archive – the meeting is @ 7 PM at the SPAA site in south Seattle in the South class room on your right at the end of the long driveway. See “About ECA” (blue tab above for location address).

February 2019 Newsletter

Please pay your dues if you’ve not done so yet. MEETING OF THE ECA – is scheduled for TOMORROW THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. Meeting in South Class Room, on the right at end of driveway.

Draft Minutes from January ,meeting by Sue Joyner. Please note dates of upcoming events and plan to attend. Happy Valentines Day!!

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019 7:00 pm – 9 pm

MEETING MINUTES

Seattle Police Athletic Association

In attendance:  Erika Harris, Ron Elliott, Mark Ross, Sydney Ogilvie, June Kubo, Steve Backstrom, Jill and Rich Aldrich, Steve and Sue Joyner

Cultural Presentation

Preparing stools for cuttings.  

At this point Stool should be hardened and ready to bring inside.  Once inside begin a watering, fertilizing and pesticide program so that your cutting will be healthy and strong.  In order to time 1’s and 2’s to bloom for the show cuttings need to be taken in January and February.  Cuttings for 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and garden varieties can be taken into March. 

Think about what you want to grow and how your growing plan might fit into show categories

For Instance, in section H of the ECA show rules under entry and staging, the intermediate blooms can be shown up or down in different classes making these varieties a great growing choice.

II ENTRY and Staging

H. All blooms listed as Intermediates (English Classes 13, 14 or 15) may be shown up in sections 3 (incurves), 4 or 5 (late decorative).  Alternatively, they may be shown down in the Early English Classes (sections 23, 24 or 25).

Varieties listed as #5 or 15 also can be shown as a #3, in which case, they will be judged against the standards for a #3.

Connie Mayhew may be shown up as a #2 (it’s older class), or as a #5 (it’s current class).  This is an ECA exception enacted years ago to bolster the number of #2 varieties and is frequently used by exhibitors to enter Connie’s in the Medium Challenge

Business Meeting

1) Mark Ross and Ron Elliott approved and seconded the December meeting minutes

2) Sydney provided Treasurers report $6163.99 cash, checking and savings

3) Trustee meeting report

4) Old Business

a) Aldrich’s will inventory plant sale mailing addresses and put the April 13th public plant sale date on them

b) Steve Backstrom will work on getting an ECA Membership form on ECA website

c) Nominating Committee report – Ron Elliott

President – Steve Joyner

Vice President –

Secretary – Sue Joyner

Treasurer – Sydney Ogilvie

3 year trustees – Mark Ross and Erika Harris

d) Reported that there is interest in forming an ECA satellite club in Mount Vernon.  A discussion ensued regarding the oversight, relationship and support of an ECA north Satellite club

1) Satellite club of Evergreen Chrysanthemum association

2) Membership dues go to ECA 

3) ECA is oversight/support

4) Follows ECA by laws and show rules

5) Receives ECA cultural instruction/supplies/support

6) Participates in ECA show at VPC

7) Participates in annual plant sale at VPC

8) Different meeting night 5) New Business

a) New members – Jan Hunt in Mount Vernon, WA

Emily from VPC?

b) Saturday Feb 16th 10 am – 1 pm – Cutting University at Volunteer Park Conservatory 

Why?  Start plants for plant sale

 Teach new members how to take cuttings

Start varietals that the general public would be interested in purchasing

 – bring early English and garden variety stools

Rich and Jill to inventory plants listed on plant sale mailing cards

Steve to contact Dave Helgeson about what supplies we need to provide

We plan to have a Potluck – details at next meeting

c) Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Public Plant Sale

i) Advertising

Flyers, Facebook and Web site promotion; and broadcast media 

Sue Joyner and Steve Backstrom to work on FB and website public plant sale promotions 

ii) Jill and Rich Aldrich to update plant sale mailing addresses with the correct date and time

    and inventory and report the plants listed on the plant sale forms

iii) Sydney Ogilvie to contact BECU about a Square like device to take credit card payments Square – merchants pay a flat rate of 2.75% free card reader                 no monthly minimum charges or statement fees

 deposits funds into your account within 2 business days

d) Discussion about reorganizing the cultural presentations at each meeting.  It was suggested that our skilled growers share their specialty knowledge with the rest of the club.  For example there is great interest in how to grow and shape cascades and charms.  We have skilled growers in these areas that could share their knowledge with the rest of us 

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm

Susan Joyner, Secretary

ECA 2019 Calendar

Meeting Dates:  All 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm  

Thursday, February 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Banquet

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

 Trustees Meeting:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 10 AM – NOON

Cutting University (VPC):

Saturday, February 16, 2019   10:00 am -1 pm Confirmed with VPC

Club Plant Sales:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Public Plant Sale:

Saturday, April 13, 2019  10:00 am – 2 pm Confirmed with VPC

2019 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Show: Confirmed with VPC

Set up: Tuesday, October 29, 2019  

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  

Thursday, October 31, 2019  

Judging:  Friday, November 1, 2019     9 am – Noon  

Friends of the conservatory open house: Friday, November 1, 2019   6 pm to 8 pm

Public Show:  Friday, November 1, 2019     Noon to 4 pm  

          Saturday, November 2, 2019     10 am – 4 pm  

          Sunday, November 3, 2019       10 am – 4 pm  

Clean up:  Sunday, November 3, 2019    4 pm – 6 pm  

Banquet:

Thursday, November 14, 2019  6 pm Location to be determined

Happy New Year January 2019 Newsletter

Hi All
Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Celebration! Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday January 10th, 2019 and in the New Year! The meeting will be held at the Seattle Police Athletic Association small classroom to the north of the big hall. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under “about” for a map & updated directions. Turn left at the end of the driveway fences. Classroom is on the right just north of the house.

SUPPLIES: Please call Ronnie Elliot by Tuesday, January 8th to order M&R mix for both January and February meetings. We will have plant tags and twistems at the meeting.

Dues: Please pay your dues for 2019 at the January Meeting

DRAFT MINUTES from ECA Meeting December 13, 2018.

Approve October meeting minutes – No minutes to approve

Treasurer’s report $5,795.69

Old Business:

Review of 2018 Show –

Suggestions for next year 

See if we can get TV coverage of our event a t VPC

Inventory and Order show ribbons in February

Set up ribbon table prior to judging for easy ribbon access

Observations – Low participation in lower greenhouse 

how do we move people in that direction? – Talk to Dave Helgeson

Joyner’s have show table cloths to be dried and returned to VPC storage

Aldrich’s have spring plant sale paperwork bin

Plant sale plastic cups and pictures are at VPC storage

Joyner’s have the ECA banners to be cleaned up and returned to VPC storage

New Business:

  1. Mount Vernon ECA Presentation – Steve and Sue Joyner met with a Mount Vernon garden club interested in growing chrysanthemums.  There were about 6 to 8 ladies interested.  Steve Joyner to follow up.
  1. Trustees meeting – Scheduled for January 5th, 2019

Set 2019 calendar

Discuss North Satellite club

Review show rules/awards/program 

  1. Aldrich’s will inventory plant sale mailing addresses 
  1. Sue Joyner to ask Steve Backstrom if the ECA membership form can be added to our website 
  1. A nominating committee was formed to search for 2019 slate of officers

President –

Vice President

Secretary – Sue Joyner

Treasurer – Syndey Ogilvie

3 year trustees (2) Mark Ross & Erika Harris

A Trustees Meeting was held Saturday January 5th. Draft Minutes follow:

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019 10:00 am -12 pm

TRUSTEES MEETING MINUTES

WESLEY RETIREMENT CENTER 815 S 216th DES MOINES, WA

Attending:  Mark Ross, Jill Aldrich, Rich Aldrich, David Rynes, Ron Elliott, Bob Ewing, Steve Joyner, Sue Joyner

1) Reviewed and accepted 2019 Calendar Dates and times – see attachment

2) Reviewed and accepted Annual ECA membership dues for 2019 are $15 per person or $20 per couple

3) Reviewed and accepted 2019 Officer Trustee Appointees – 

3 year – Mark Ross and Erika Harris

2 Year – David Rynes and Christopher Brookes

1 Year – Jill Aldrich and Mas Tamekuni

4)  2019 Officer Elections will take place at our March meeting 

5)  Website Membership form discussion – we must be careful about publishing personal contact information on our website.  Currently our webmaster, Steve Backstrom, monitors the comments in the contact tab for new member inquiries and passes the information along to the membership committee.  

6)  Reviewed and confirmed Committee Definitions.  Committee volunteer sign up at January meeting

7)  Reviewed and Confirmed 2019 novice coaching assignments

  Alva Nishimura – Ron Elliott

Lizzie Whetstone – David Rynes

8)  Contact Sydney Ogilvie for the status of 503C Filing & Mailing Date due 5/1/2019 

9)  Steve Joyner will work with Mark Ross to create an updated ECA Yearbook 

10) Reviewed and accepted changes to first page of Novice handbook  

11) Decision to suspend a 2019 ECA Project Bloom was reviewed and accepted

12)  ECA Show rules were reviewed and several modifications were made.   

a) Remove 2 bloom entries from all cut bloom categories. 

b) Remove item B from the staging section which defines how 2 bloom entries should be staged as cut blooms for the show

c) Add 806 Bonsai class to section 32 Cascades, Trees and Charms (potted plants)

d) Award section changes:

    i) Add  – Best Vase of 3 Early English 

    ii) Add – Second Best Potted Plant, 5 blooms or less

    iii)  Rearrange Garden Variety challenges

          1) Garden Varieties challenge (Sec 6b, 7, & 8 – anemones, pompoms or singles)

          2) Fantasy Garden Varieties challenge (Section 10 – spiders, quill & spoons)

                       3) Remove second tier award for fantasy challenge – there are no other two tier award categories

13)   Reviewed and accepted show program format changes – see attachment

14)  Discussion of the need for a Credit Card Square – Magnetic Reader for the April plant sale.  Sue Joyner to research activation, deactivation, processing fees and liability insurance and report back to the club

15)  Missing Trophies – Ron Elliott will look for these trophies

a) Best Bloom non-member     

b) Most points in show  

c) Best vase of 3 exhibition in-curves 

16)  New trophies – the Garden Varieties award categories were changed.  The fantasy challenge award will go to the Fantasy Garden Varieties challenge (Section 10 – spiders, quill & spoons).  A new trophy will be purchased and awarded in the Garden Varieties challenge (Sec 6b, 7, & 8 – anemones, pompoms or singles)

16)   Some of the ECA trophies are looking shabby.  Ron Elliot volunteered to research options for getting them refaced or replaced

17) Discussion about reorganizing the cultural presentations at each meeting.  It was suggested that our skilled growers share their specialty knowledge with the rest of the club.  For example there is great interest in how to grow and shape cascades and charms.  We have skilled growers in these areas that could share their knowledge with the rest of us 

17) There is interest in forming an ECA satellite club in Mount Vernon.  A discussion ensued regarding the oversight, relationship and support of an ECA north Satellite club

1) Satellite club of Evergreen Chrysanthemum association

2) Membership dues go to ECA 

3) ECA is oversight/support

4) Follows ECA by laws and show rules

5) Receives ECA cultural instruction/supplies/support

6) Participates in ECA show at VPC

7) Participates in annual plant sale at VPC

8) Different meeting night

ECA 2019 Calendar

Meeting Dates:  All 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm  

Thursday, February 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, August 8, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Banquet

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm Thursday, December 12, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

 Trustees Meeting:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 10 AM – NOON

Cutting University (VPC):

Saturday, February 16, 2019   10:00 am -1 pm Confirmed with VPC

Club Plant Sales:

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7 pm – 9 pm

Public Plant Sale:

Saturday, April 13, 2019  10:00 am – 2 pm Confirmed with VPC

2019 Evergreen Chrysanthemum Show: Confirmed with VPC

Set up: Tuesday, October 29, 2019  

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  

Thursday, October 31, 2019  

Judging:  Friday, November 1, 2019     9 am – Noon  

Friends of the conservatory open house: Friday, November 1, 2019   6 pm to 8 pm

Public Show:  Friday, November 1, 2019     Noon to 4 pm  

          Saturday, November 2, 2019     10 am – 4 pm  

          Sunday, November 3, 2019       10 am – 4 pm  

Clean up:  Sunday, November 3, 2019    4 pm – 6 pm  

Banquet:

Thursday, November 14, 2019  6 pm Location to be determined

ECA COMMITTEES

Cultural Committee –  

Chairperson:  Ron Elliott

Members:  Steve Joyner, Mark Ross, David Rynes

Responsible for cultural instruction, classification list, cultivar acquisition and rejuvenation, recommending project blooms, growing supplies and club history.

Membership Committee – 

Chairperson: Rich and Jill Aldrich

Members: Lizzy Whetstone, Bob Ewing

Responsible for new member recruiting, coaching, member polls and records, Arrange manpower of events and plant sales (including publicity and sales notices).

Show Committee – 

Chairperson:  Ron Elliott

Members: Ron Elliott (Trophies and Chief Steward)

     Mark Ross (Show Judges/Stewards)

Responsible for the show location, show dates, judges, stewards, staging, ribbons, trophies, awards and publicity

Social Committee:

Chairperson:  Steve Backstrom

Members: Ron Elliott – Responsible for coffee Pot and refreshments at meetings and special events

Responsible for meeting location, summer garden tour, and annual banquet.  Accounting for the number of individuals who will attend events and bring potlucks

Communications Committee:

Webmaster:  Steve Backstrom

Newsletter:  Steve Backstrom

Support Committee:

Chairperson:  Mark Ross (Yearbook)

Members:  Steve Joyner 

      Sue Joyner (prints show program)

      John Harden (Show point tabulation, Ribbons & Awards)

Responsible for publishing the year book, ordering ribbons, printing show programs, Show notices and plant sale notices.  Tabulates show points.

Welfare Committee:

Chairperson: Ann Schreibe

Members:

Responsible for oversight, when possible, for the health and welfare of the members under the weather, sending remembrances when appropriate, and advising the secretary of situations for inclusion in the monthly notices

Novice First page

WELCOME

The Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association (ECA) welcomes you to our Club, and hopes you will find as much enjoyment as we do in growing Chrysanthemums.  The E.C.A. was established in 1947, and patterns its classification of blooms, judging and display standards and growing standards/methodology per the National Chrysanthemum Society of England rules.  

Most of the mums grown by ECA members are of English origin, though many American Varieties are also grown.  The club typically has 200 or more different cultivars circulating among its members. From these varieties new stock is perpetuated from cuttings taken each year by our members. These varieties are seldom available at garden nurseries or in flower shops. 

 The club meets regularly on the second Thursday of each month at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Pavilion, a few blocks south of the Boeing Access road on East Marginal Way South.  See Appendix 3 (general area) and Appendix 4 (immediate area of meeting hall) for meeting directions.  

Meeting times are from 7pm to 9 pm.  The meetings reserve at least 1 hour for Cultural instruction and discussions.

The Association distributes a monthly newsletter to all members.  The newsletter consists of minutes of the previous meeting and up and coming Club Events, as well as a Chrysanthemum growing “To Do” list for the coming month.

Additional Club activities include:    

  • Club only Plant Sales – March and April meetings
  • Annual Public Plant Sale – April
  • Annual Mum show at Volunteer Park Conservatory – First weekend in November
  • Awards Banquet – November 
  • Other show possibilities including Puyallup Fair and Vancouver B.C. (Point Greys Mum Club) early show and late show.

Plants may be purchased at the club plant sales at club prices.  An experienced grower will be assigned to you as coach to whom you can turn for help during the year.  Not all varieties require the same growing treatment and growing environment.  Confer with your coach for help and advice for plant selection and growing for your location.   

Invite your coach to your house to discuss what you are doing right or wrong in growing your new plants, how to shelter your blooms in the fall, ask for vacation help while away, what blooms to enter in the fall show, and how to fill out the entry tags for the fall show.  Many friendships develop this way due to the ECA high espirit de corps and camaraderie.  Growing chrysanthemums is a fun hobby.

Show form membership information

Formed in 1947, this group of amateur chrysanthemum flower growers consists of approximately 30 members. This is our 72nd consecutive Show and one of the largest exhibitions of show quality chrysanthemums.

Membership is open to the public. Regular meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Notice of meetings is made by news bulletins each month and at Http://www.ecamumclub.org.  Cultural instructions are given at each meeting.

We seek, welcome, teach and instruct new members as well as making available the best English exhibition chrysanthemum plants. New members can purchase plants starts at member prices.  Dues are $15.00 for individuals and $20.00 for couples per year. Join with us and know the pride of winning a blue ribbon.

I hereby make application for membership in the

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION

Sydney Ogilvie – Treasurer

   1937 S. Orcas St. Seattle, WA 98108

 206-304-0802

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