What is growing in Florida in January?

Flagler county is located in the Agricultural “North” Region of Florida.

If you are a Florida based ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in January:

 

Flowering: Camellia, Red Maple.

Or if you love fresh vegetables and are growing your own veggies, then these Edibles planting projects may interest you:

Easily Survives Transplanting:  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Endives/Escarole, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Swiss Chard.

Survives Careful Transplanting: Carrots, Celery, Mustard, Potatoes, Spinach.

Use Seeds: Onions (bunching, Shallots), Peas (English), Radish, Turnips.

Enjoy!!!

The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/plant-of-the-month/infographics.html.

PDF versions of the Infographics can be downloaded and printed if you are interested.

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Master Gardener Newsletter, Flagler County, Winter 2019

Enclosed is the Winter 2019 Newsletter from the Florida Master Gardener Volunteers in Flagler County.

Master Gardener Newsletter Winter 2019

It contains a lot of good information for gardeners around our county.

Going forward the MG newsletters will be available on our Resources page.

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Annual Christmas Lunch 2019

On December 9th, 2019 the Garden Club at Palm Coast held its annual Christmas lunch. The event took place at the Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church and was attended by more than 70 members. The organizing committee provided turkey and ham as well as the beverages. The club members brought side dishes, hors d’oeuvres and dessert (pot luck).

 

 

Kathleen Terlizzo, Sue Bara and their team did an excellent job organizing our Garden Club Christmas Lunch.

 

 

 

 

The room was beautifully decorated. Flower arrangements looked great, courtesy of the Arrangers’ Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appetizers galore

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd had great fun and lots to talk about.  The organizers and President had a hard time talking over the audience, which is unusual ;-).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And because they all finished their plate, including second and third helping, the party goers were allowed to get dessert.

And lots of it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For all attendees there was a gift bag on the tables. One of the goodies in the bag was a packet of seeds. Very appropriate for a garden club. Can’t wait to see those sweet little plants pop their head up from the dirt.

The Poinsettia on each table was given to the person at that table with a birthday closest to the date of the event.

This was an excellent start of the Holiday Season.

Warm thanks to the organizers and anyone who contributed to the success of this lunch.

 

 

 

 

Photography: Nancy Iandoli
Article: Marínus G.

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January 2020 Yard Selection of the Month

Gerry and Phil Wohlfert of Whitting Place have been selected as January 2020 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast. 

In 1992 the Wohlferts retired and moved to Palm Coast from the Bronx, NY. They have been in this house for eighteen years. 

 

The Wohlfert’s garden is a combination of country cottage with a white picket fence along with a few traditional sections.  It is on three lots but only two are landscaped; the last one is wide open waiting for a future plan. Over time they have planted and replanted many varieties of vines, shrubs and trees.  They take joy in providing for the wildlife with shelter, food, two flowing water fountains, three bird baths and many birdhouses throughout.  They enjoy all the birds, hummingbirds, a variety of bees and lots of butterflies that come and visit.

The front walkway welcomes you to Gardenias, Hydrangea, Fire Spike, Texas Sage and Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina) with red berries and pink flowers. As you keep viewing the front area there are C0ontie palms, yellow Cassia, Pinwheel Jasmine, blue Butterfly Glory Bower.  As you go around the house there is a weeping Yaupon Holly, variegated Caladium, Pagoda plant, Liriope, purple Salvias, and Porterweed with purple blossoms.

On the side there is a trellis with purple Passion vine, a bird house and below grows Blue Daze and Lobularia with white knight blooms.  There is a curved lattice fence with hanging Spider plants, Portulaca and a nest with a bird.  The back yard has pink Encore Azaleas that bloom year round, climbing Knockout Roses, purple Clerodendrum, pink Orchids, white Camellias that bloom in December, Cherry Laurel bushes, Timber Bamboo and Yeddo Hawthorn.  These gardens were so full of interesting perennials, bushes and trees that it was very educational.

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting December 17

On December 17, 2019, the  Arrangers’ Guild got together for our annual Christmas holiday table arrangements.

There was no instructor for this class except for our Director Linda Hensler who gave us some helpful tips on where to start.

The students used their own imaginations to make their own holiday creations!

 

 

The Guild provided the class with red and white carnations and a variety of assorted greenery.

Students were asked to bring their own dish and any accessories they wanted to use such as pine cones and candles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Article by: Nancy Iandoli
Photos by: Nancy Iandoli

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Invitation from the Garden Club of the Halifax Country

FFGC District VI, which includes the Garden Club at Palm Coast, is invited to
“Open Program from the Garden Club of the Halifax Country”
on January 14, 2020 at 11:00am.

Program: “Pollinator Friendly Plant Research”
Speakers: Heather Kalaman and Cindy Sigler, the GCHC Scholarship Winners for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 from the University of Florida.

Location: Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters,
515 S. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach, FL.

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What is growing in Florida in December?

Flagler county is located in the Agricultural “North” Region of Florida.

If you are a Florida based ornamental gardener, you might want to know what is blooming in December:

Flowering: Beauty Berry,  Camellia Japonica, Camellia Sasanqua, Poinsettia, Powderpuff, Tea Olive.

Poinsettias galore

Or if you love fresh vegetables and are growing your own veggies, then these Edibles planting projects may interest you:

Easily Survives Transplanting:  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard.

Survives Careful Transplanting: Carrots, Celery, Mustard, Spinach.

Use Seeds: Onions (Green, Shallots), Radish, Turnips.

Enjoy!!!

The Infographics are produced by the University of Florida, IFAS Extension and can be found here online: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/plant-of-the-month/infographics.html.

PDF versions of the Infographics can be downloaded and printed if you are interested.

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December 2019 Yard Selection of the Month

Doris and Joel Houslander of Clearview Court North have been recognized as December 2019 Selection of the Month by The Garden Club at Palm Coast.

The Houslanders, originally from Illinois, bought their home in 2014 and were snowbirds for 2 seasons before moving to Palm Coast in 2017.  The couple enjoys gardening, boating and playing adult ice hockey in a league in Jacksonville.

Walking up the driveway on the left side is a small garden that has a Loquat tree, Oyster plants, Soap Aloe and rose Penta.  There is a Phoenix Robellini palm, yellow Hibiscus, Crotons, Gerbera daisy, pink Star Penta, and Liriope.  The front door area has several pots with Spider plant, Mamy Croton and orange Mums.

In the front of the house are Xanadu Philodendron, red Coleus, ribbed Elephant ear, Hawaiian Ti and Petra Crotons.  There is a large coquina boulder that has a blue fish and 2 blue turtles sunbathing.  On the right side is a large Palatka Holly along with some Hydrangea, variegated Agave, yellow Coreopsis, red Penta and Gazania. Going around the corner there is a multi-trunk Robellini palm with some pink Vinca and several white and yellow Mums that circle around the curbing.

This lovely curb appeal landscape was also showcased in our recent Garden Tour of 2019 and they were presented with a beautiful stepping stone made by our Garden Club volunteers!

Submitted by Nancy Iandoli
Selection of the Month Committee

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Garden Club Christmas Tree 2019

The Holiday season is here and one of the annual Palm Coast traditions is the Palm Coast Public Library Festival of Trees. Many local organizations decorate a Christmas tree to showcase their club, their good cause, or just display a beautiful tree.

Preparations for this year’s Garden Club tree started two months ago. Kelley Callery organized a workshop where club members created ornaments for the tree. A variety of spiders, bees  and bugs were made of plastic spoons and other everyday items. The results were amazing and amusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On November 21 Andrea Rogers and her team of Arrangers and other club members decorated the Garden Club tree. This year’s theme is “Diversity in the Garden”. The tree displays Birds of many species, Lady bugs, Spiders and Dragonflies.

Last Saturday Margaret and I took a peak at the library. Here are some impressions. I forgot to count the number of trees, but I guess there are at least 50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I encourage you to go and take a look yourself at the Flagler County Public Library – Main Branch, you will love the show.

The library is located at:
2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137.
Phone: 386-446-6763

Thank You! to the ornament creators and tree decorators. Great job!!

Article and photos: Marínus Grootenboer

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Arrangers’ Guild Meeting November 19

The Arrangers Guild met today (11/19) for our November class.

Pamela Lace was in charge of the meeting today and made the announcements  as our Director Linda Hensler was away at school to learn how to be a judge at a flower show!

Linda also gave Edwina an Easter wreath made out of pastel ribbons to put on display.

 

 

 

Pamela introduced our very own member Edwina Tabit who was our trainer on how to decorate holiday and other various wreaths including a succulent wreath!

 

 

Edwina had made wreaths with apples, some had sea shells, some made with pine straw and a beautiful wreath made with Magnolia leaves and one with pine cones and various greens. She also made a smaller ring wreath to put a candle in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edwina and Kathleen Terlizzo also showed the students tips on how to make bows and ribbon inserts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon after the class was very busy creating our own wreaths.  At the end of class we all admired each other’s creation. Everyone did a fantastic job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by: Nancy Iandoli
Photos by: Nancy Iandoli

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