Gardeners of Somerset Valley
September 2010					Editor: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 PM
North Branch Reformed Church

Connie Callas returns for another speaking engagement next week. In the past he gave very informative and brilliantly photographed programs on rhododendrons and most recently on daffodils. This time, he'll be talking about native azaleas. Mr. Callas, a longtime active member of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, along with his wife Sally over the past 30 years have created extensive gardens on their large rural property. Though they have beautiful annual and perennial borders as well as varied container gardens, the highlight of their years of work is a collection of over 1000 rhododendrons and azaleas. Connie's azalea program will surely have everyone pining for the hopefully cool wet weather of spring 2011.

Gardener's are usually quiet and introspective by nature, but after this summer of unending heat and drought the meeting may take on a boisterous tea party atmosphere. Can anyone recall a July and August this hot and dry where there probably hasn't been but a handful of thunderstorms? And of course this meant the drudgery of watering every day sometimes morning, noon and evening. Even the weeds couldn't tolerate the conditions and many a container of Round-up never came down off the shelf. Nothing seems to get a group of gardeners more agitated than uncharacteristic weather so be prepared for some lively discussions during the refreshment break.

To the best of my recollection, I don't think GOSV has ever had an opportunity to rejoice in a member's wedding. This changed when Christine and Craig were married in July. Congratulations!

As tough as things have been, it's only September and there really is plenty of gardening left this year. Even if it doesn't rain by our Wednesday meeting, the fellowship of the meeting can go a long way in getting everyone motivated for an improved autumn season.