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December 2017 Newsletter

Greetings All

I hope everyone had mums at their Thanksgiving table!

Our December meeting is Thursday the 14th @ Seattle Police Athletic Association NORTH CLASSROOM @ 7 PM. See our website under about for a map & directions.

This is an important meeting as we determine officers for the coming year. Nominations are encouraged from the floor at the December meeting for all open officer and trustee positions. It is up to all of us to rotate as officers periodically to provide the club fresh ideas and new perspectives.Please plan to be there to discuss leadership opportunities for next season. There will be openings for Yearbook Publisher, at the minimum. We are an all volunteer organization – please step up if you are able.

Our Banquet was held again at Angelo’s in Burien November 15th..

2018 Club Dues
Members are encouraged to pay dues for 2018. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Checks made out to the ECA or cash should be given to Sydney Ogilvie, current ECA Treasurer.
If you wish to continue receiving the Newsletters and “To Do” Lists, you are encouraged to pay your dues for 2018 by January, so you are not dropped from our Database. The ECA By-Laws, Article 1, states that fees are due no later than the March meeting for members who have paid dues in 2017.

Draft Minutes from October Meeting by Sue Joyner:

October 12, 2017 meeting called to order 7:25 pm.
11 members present, Steve Backstrom, Jill and Rich Aldrich, Ron Elliott, June Kubo, Masako Kubo, Erika Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Ewing, Mark Ross, Kris Stephens

(The meeting was delayed because the door to our room was locked upon our arrival.)

Ron’s cultural presentation focus:
Demonstrated how to use the green shingle stick to stabilize the bloom
Initial cut of the bloom stem is to be longer than the final length of stem for placement in the vase. Often you make your first stem cut 20 inches in length.
Always make 2nd cut of the stem under water before putting stem in vase.
If you mistakenly cut the stem too short, use a 2nd green shingle stick to act as a fake stem for length, or wad a bit of newspaper into vase to give stem more ballast.
Use of B-9. This is a personal decision, if you think the distance between the bloom and the first set of leaves is too great today (10/12/17), Paint the distance at full strength along the neck. This will retard the neck from growing even longer.
Discussed tools and techniques to primp individual blooms for the show.
-Primping refers to grooming the petals to lay ‘just right or as best they can’ , shaking the bloom upside down a few times to let it fluff, (add your thots here Sue/Steve ). Paintbrushes, Q-tips, narrow picks, (….Sue/Steve please add yours and Don’s tool recommendations to the list, thx Kris)
Water your plants sparingly. Flagged leaves are a good indicator for light watering.
Practiced filling out the actual Show tags.

Sept minutes read by S Backstrom Motion to accept by MRoss, 2nd by R Thompson. All agreed.
September Treasurer report read by S Ogilvie. Motion to accept J Kubo, 2nd R Elliott. All agreed.

New Business
Banquet date officially changed to occur Wednesday Nov 15, 2017.
6pm no host bar, 7 pm dinner. Steve Backstrom circulated the sign up sheet for dinner choices, Beef, Chicken or Vegan. If a member has a special request do contact Steve. He is the liaison between Angelo’s and our club. And Angelo’s is very accommodating to our requests so don’t hesitate to make your request.
Discussion ensued whether club would subsidize the banquets $25 per plate charge. Motioned by KStephens and 2nd J Kubo to keep price. $25 with no subsidy. All agreed.

Bob Ewing and Ron Elliott circulated a duties sign up sheet for the Fall Show:

Sheet #1: Hosting in two hour segments between Show hours of 10am-4pm sat/sun
and Friday after judging 12-4pm.

Saturday Nov 4 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris ( hmm Show is not open then)
10am-12 pm not filled
12-2pm Ron Elliott
2-4pm. Ron Elliott

Sunday Nov 5 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris- tentative (again Show is not open)
10am-12pm not filled
12pm-2pm Sydney Oglivie, Richard Thompson
2pm-4pm Mark Ross, Richard Thompson

Please notice that Friday was not included as a day for Hosting.

Sheet #2: Setting up on Thursday Nov 2. 10-4pm
Bob Ewing and Roger 1pm
Kris Stephens 11am
Erika Harris
Jill Aldrich
Mark Ross 11 am
Richard Aldrich-maybe
(with their approx arrival times noted)
Jobs noted : fill water vases, arrange apply tablecloths, place watering cans, place classification cards on tables, etc.

Ron shared his visit as Speaker to a club in Tacoma called ‘ the Learners Club. He presented our growing technique and culture. Several of that club are visiting Rons home this wknd to see his Chrysanthemums in person. ECA flyers for our Show will be given to them.

ECA 2017 Show announcement flyers and postcards were brought in by Bob Ewing and the Aldrich’s. Several members took copies to post, and. to distribute to local gardening outlets. Contacts for public announcements are on que by the Aldrich’s.

Several questions came about while the sign up sheets were circulating. It seemed to us all that David Helgeson wud have the answers. To minimize confusion, and follow D Helgeson request for streamlined communication, all felt Steve Joyner contact David at the earliest convenience. Those questions were;

Wud VPC forklift bring the vases/tablecloths-basically the pallets holding our ECA show supplies up to the lower GH area in time for Thursday set up?
Can we set up any of the tables and vases prior to Thursday: specifically, as one example: cud June and her mom come to the lower GH to cut and tag their flowers into vases on either the M,T or Wed?, hence cud other members come to do same within VPC hours on the M,T, Wed?
At what time of day will the tables in seasonal display house be available to put vases on top of? {( Note: the original question was :when can the tables be moved into the seasonal display house – there was difficulty in reminding members that the tables are provided by VPC, ECA tables no longer exist exception is the winners/head table riser(s).}

4.Steve, please email DHelgesons replies to Steve Backstrom, he will cc all ECA members.

Ron advised each member choose and tag their blooms prior to transporting them to Volunteer Pk.

June Kubo has the list for the Banquet meal request. She will bring it to the Show to circulate. Also members may email Steve Backstrom directly with their meal request, and RSVP. Payment for your meal may be done at the banquet! Sydney will be present. $25.00 per person payable to our club.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10

2018 slate of officers:

President: Kris Stephens

Vice President: Steve Joyner

Secretary: Sue Joyner

Treasurer: Sydney Ogilive

3 year trustee: Chris Brookes

3 year Trustee: David Rynes

2 year trustee: Jill Aldrich

2 year trustee: Mas Tamekuni

1 year trustee: Ann Schriebe

1 year trustee: Mark Ross

Cultural: Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

December 2017 meeting agenda

Attendees will vote on nominated Officers to serve in 2018

Cultural discussion surrounding stool preparation for taking cuttings

Take your orders and payment for planting trays and it’s paraphernalia.

Discuss members’ preference for 2 “stool cutting & planting Social Potluck” dates and location.
Locations that are available to us are our SPAA room, or a Volunteer Park greenhouse.
(Because #1’s and #2’s like to be started in Dec/Jan and because #3’s, #4’s and so on are generally started in Feb, having 2 stool cutting and planting Social potlucks allows more members the possibility of participating in one or both.)
Regarding Volunteer Park, Kris is inquiring for greenhouse availability & the time of day or evening for Jan and Feb.

Set a Trustees meeting date for Jan/Feb or March to set/amend/update the 2018 calendar

Cultural Notes December 2017

Ed note: Take good care of your stools and they will work for you!!

-Cultural Notes for December- drs, 12/06/2013
Success for the following year begins with the care of our stock to produce the quality cuttings for next year. The Nov. Newsletter outlined the basic approach for care of our stock after blooming and emphasized special procedures for preventing further propagation of “White Rust” as well as getting the stools ready for talking cuttings in 2014.
Now we must build on that in several ways as follows: 1) Continued care of stools through dormant period. 2) Breaking out of the dormant period and producing cuttings, and 3) Taking early cuttings. Also we’ll provide some helpful note s along the way.
+Continue White Rust program from the November. Newsletter. i.e. spraying dormant stools 3 times between mid November and early January with Eagle or Immunox Fungicides, supplemented by Daconil in some instances. We will have more Eagle fungicide to distribute at the Dec. meeting.
+Prepare your stools for Next year’s cuttings :
– Keep the stools outside, protected from cold, wind , rain and slugs. It is important for the plant to chill and remain dry and dormant until 2-4 weeks prior to taking cuttings. This chilling period will produce much stronger cuttings for the next growing cycle. Most plants can withstand one or two nights of freezing, down to 28 deg. but 3 or more consecutive nights freezing will probably kill all but the hardiest of your mums. During severe colder snaps, a garage, greenhouse, shed or tarp can be used temporarily to protect your plants until the cold snap subsides.
-Two to four weeks before the desired cutting- time, bring the stools into a heated area (60 deg. for example) and feed with a dose of high Nitrogen fertilizer such as Miracle grow to stimulate new growth.
For me this translates to moving in and heating the old stools to mid Dec. as I will be starting with new cuttings in mid to late January.
+Clean up and re-fill your cutting beds:
Every 3-4 years it is good practice to clean out your old cutting beds, Spray all the structure and mats with a fungicide and refill with fresh new cutting media. Since we are on a kick this year to eradicate White rust this would be a good time to do the complete refreshing of your beds. Even If you are now starting directly in 2 ½ in cross bottom pots, or other newer pellets You are probably placing the new potted cuttings on top of your old cutting bed so it’s still necessary to clean it up.
I now recommend a starting bed media of 50% Green Mountain sharp white sand and 50% Pro-Earth #2 starting mix. The Green Mountain sand comes from crushed stone and has sharp edges and corners. The sharp edges tend to penetrate the cambium layer along the imbedded stem, which promotes development of many more roots on the cutting. The Pro Earth medium is a bit finer than the M&R mix, contains more basic fertilizer combined with some longer term slow- release fertilizer, and a basic dose of trace elements. I’ll try to have some M&R mix and a bag of Pro Earth #2 at the Dec. meeting.

+Some Old Basics:
-Cutting beds need heat cables or pads and means to hold the Temp. between 65 deg and 69 deg F.
-Some rigid foam insulation under the cutting cables or pads will help maintain the heat.
-The cutting media should be approximately 3” deep.
-Cutting bed size should be selected so that the bed can accommodate one or more of the standard trays of 11”x22”. Mats generally will come in sizes that approximate multiples of the tray size.
-An overhead fluorescent light Is generally required. A 2 bulb 4ft shop light works well. You can buy special gro-lux or plant-gro bulbs but they are relatively expensive and plain old white light bulbs are still very effective.

If you want help designing or building a cutting bed, talk to Ronnie or Mark.

Don Stark’s top Dozen List for 2013
Based on cultivars that have produced well in the last 3 years, here’s my top list of cultivars for classes 1 through 15. All are grown by ECA members and can mostly be found at the plant sales.
1. Connie Mayhew- A creamy yellow #5 or #2 that everyone should grow. It has won, Best Bloom -Open Classes (Ron Elliott, 2011), Best#2, Best vase of 5-(Mike Kubo) etc. It’s been a staple in the club for more than 40 years.
2. Lundy & Yellow Lundy – Now the class of the #2s. They are big long lasting reflex blooms and you’ll love the yellow and brilliant white. Steve Joyner’s Lundy was best in show in 2012.
3. Seychelles-A dark pink #2 Reflex that is big, has great form and likes lots of fertilizer. A must have for the Medium Challenge. Don Stark won best in show with it in 2008.
4. Alexis & Apricot Alexis-Varieties you’ll love to grow. A staple in the Decorative Challenge.
5. Gigantics are back again! Big in the #1 class, with new stock from England. Regular winners.
6. Fairweather Family-The best group of #3s in our collection. Fills up the Incurved Challenge, wins best Incurve, best vase of 3 regularly. Colors: Pink, White, Primrose, Peach, White and Salmon
7. Harry Gee Family- The Gees are back with some great new stock from England. Chris Brookes won Best in show with Amber H. Gee in 2011. It,s a medium to large #1 reflex with nice smooth form. Perhaps the easiest #1 to grow and blooms early enough to always be available for the show.
8. Vienna Waltz- Spider (#10 PU) Long time, one of the best spiders in the club. If you want to grow Frilly-Dillys you should have this one. Easy to grow, somewhat heavy feeder and large strong blooms.
9. Lava- A new #10 Spoon, bronze/Yellow. Grows strong, puts out strikingly intense yellow to Bronze blooms with very long healthy petals. Bob Ewing Swamped the #10 classes with it a couple of years ago and Stark did the same in 2012. You will really like this one!
10. White City- #14 A white reflexing intermediate that grows very well for lots of us. Good for use in Late Dec. and/or Early English Challenges.
11. First Light- #6 Pink cushion, grows profusely in pot or garden and Puts out a plethora of of large perfectly formed cushion blooms. Centers tend to be perfectly domed and the Whitish florets are uniform and flat.
12. Lancashire Fold- Large perfect form #1 Purple. This one’s a little more difficult to grow but worth a try. It’s a moderate to light feeder and likes to be ignored. If you just keep it growing easily and resist the urge to push you just might win “Best in Show”. It is one of the most beautiful blooms we have.
DRS 11/29/2012