TO THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER - April 2017
It's spring and we can tell that by the narcissus, jonquils and
primroses blooming exuberantly in our yard. There are promises of
tulips and daffodils to come. On a balmy 55° day we opened our
greenhouses which are made of hoops and plastic to air out the plants
and check on possible mealy bug infestations. What to our wondering
eyes did appear but plants draped limply over their pots, oozing
green juices out onto the wooden slats below. In horror we started
drawing out pots, some favorites among them, to set them aside.
The final death toll was 39 with 11 more hanging on by a thread.
In retrospect we realized what had happened - when
it began not to be in the 30's at night I pulled the plugs on the
heaters. Then we went off to Louisiana to enjoy 80° days and
learned upon our return that the northwest had cold weather and
snow while we were gone. We didn't think about that again until
last weekend as we stacked the now empty pots. While we wanted to
get our numbers down, we were hoping to do it through sales and
gifts rather than mortality.
Karen Hart's lovely slide show of the sunny skies
of Arizona was just what I needed to inspire me to think of retirement
trips. I share her fantasy of working in a cactus and succulent
greenhouse - but after our little disaster here I'm not sure who
would hire me!
I especially enjoyed our last plant rich meeting
with the slide show and both COM and SOM. I look forward to our
April meeting when Ernesto Sandoval will provide us with an excellent
presentation on propagation. I expect to come away with some new
Our May trip to Vancouver is shaping up. Information
will be forthcoming regarding collections to be visited.
My heart felt thanks for the spontaneous applause
and gift of the registration fee for the national conference in
Tempe. I am touched to be so acknowledged. I assure you the club
will get at least one presentation from it and probably more. There
is still the additional registration fee to be allotted in April.
Anyone interested should let me know ASAP. Ed Jackson is currently
I look forward to seeing everyone in April.
CCSS President 2017