Monday, July 11, 2016

Flower Fun Time

Flower Fun Time
The Middle Georgia Council of Flower Show Judges
sponsored an arranging workshop
on 12 June 2016
at the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon, Inc. Headquarters
also known as "The Neel House"
in Macon, Georgia

These pictures were taken during the workshop so there is really no proper backdrop, however you can see the various designs.  During the course of the presentations a Flower Show Judge who formerly was a Garden Club member in the National Capital Area (Washington, D.C.) informed us all about a book which she recommended we acquire.  The title of the book is:

"Did You Know...?'

Wise Words & Advice for Gardeners & Floral Designers" from - Members & Friends of National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.

It was published in 2007, however I found a copy at a very reasonable price on a Web Site.  I have enjoyed the book very much and can certainly say that it is filled with useful knowledge. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blue Star Memorial Marker
Pine Forest Garden Club
Baxley, Georgia
May 16, 2016

This rededication was for a Marker that was first
dedicated in 1949 to Honor those who served
in World War II.

The President of the Garden Club of Georgia, Martha Price Welcomes
all present on behalf of the National Garden Clubs and the
Garden Club of Georgia

The Garden Club of Georgia Blue Star Memorial Marker
Chairman, Janice Thiese gives the History of the Marker Program

The National Anthem is performed by the
Appling County High School Chorale
Everyone assembles on the Library Grounds for the unveiling and
acceptance of the Marker

Lee Lewis, Appling County Manager unveils the marker

The Appling County High School Chorale performs
"America the Beautiful"

Note the wording on this marker which was first
dedicated in 1949

Janice  Thiese and Martha Price at the
Rededicated Marker

The Official Party for the Marker Dedication

The Boy Scout Troop 472 performed the Pledge of Allegiance and
the Presentation of Colors.  Shown here with their Scoutmaster

The flower arrangement
for the reception

The reception was held in the Library Multi-purpose room

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Garden Projects

Garden Work
Middle Georgia

The weather in recent days has been very cooperative with gentile rains and mild temperatures.  So, It is time to accomplish those gardening task that need to be accomplished before it gets too dry and/or too warm.

My Bride pruned back the Azaleas that flank the front entrance.  These are on the left side with the Azaleas on the right side yet to be pruned.  This pruning must be accomplished before the buds for the Spring 2017 blooms start to set which can normally happen during the last week of June or the first weeks of July.

This is a Corkscrew Rush which I acquired with funds I was given for my volunteer photography at the recent Volunteer Luncheon which honored the many volunteers that give of their time and talents to Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful.  I also purchased the colorful planter with these funds.

This is a Fountain Grass named "Pennisetum  salvena "Fireworks"  I also place several in the ground.  This plant should thrive in sun to part shade. 

I placed two of these plants in pots which are on the ends of the steps to the back garden.  It is a Bacopa plant which also is reported to thrive in sun to part shade.

 These two views are Caladiums which I placed under the Tea Olives and full shade.  They add a bit of cool color and interest to an area where there were no other plants.

 The plants I selected for the six planters that decorate the front steps are:  Chrysogonum virginianum (with the yellow blooms) and Dead Nettle known as "White Nancy."  They are reported to thrive in part shade with some sun light. 

 Because of the poor soil I always use garden soil available at plant stores and nurseries to give the plants an opportunity to thrive.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Garden Club of Georgia Historic Home and Garden Tour

Oak Grove
Garden and Home Tour
Newnan, Georgia

April 30, 2016 - A delightful day to participate in a revisit of this Historic site which also was the very first Garden Club of Georgia Historic House and Garden Tour which was over 20 years ago.

My Bride and I, along with several other Garden Club members from Macon made this trip to Newnan.  Admittedly I could have taken many more pictures, however I also desired to be a visitor and not just a photographer.  This was a wonderful trip and also a wonderful opportunity to support the Historic Restoration Projects that are but one aspect of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. projects.

In summary I am glad I participated in this event.

I have never seen rail road spikes used as an edging.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Again Beauty Abounds in Middle Georgia

The Wonderful Rain

Early this Morning prior to Sunrise we received one half inch of rain.  It washed the Pollen away and everything looked so brilliant that I determined to document the wonderful morning with a series of pictures.  The message today is enjoy the Spring Beauty that surrounds you where ever you are!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Garden Club Field Trip

Garden Club Field Trip
Coweta Greenhouses, Inc.
Newnan, Georgia

The Pine Ride Garden Club located in Macon, Georgia conducted a Field Trip to Coweta Greenhouses, Inc. which is located just South of Newnan, Georgia to see first hand how a commercial grower grows and ships plants.  It was a very interesting and educational opportunity to see first hand all the steps involved in growing and also shipping the lovely flowers we all appreciate when we visit our local food markets.  While I cannot disclose who Coweta Greenhouses, Inc. ships to you can send me an E-Mail at:

to learn of the Food Chain that sells the flowers grown by Coweta Greenhouses, Inc.

The flowers were lovely and I will not post any comments on the majority of the pictures.  Enjoy the beauty.  If your Garden Club would like to visit this organization their phone number is:  (770) 251-3040.

Members of the Pine Ridge Garden Club along with the Manager of Coweta Greenhouses, Inc.  Tommy is on the far Left.

Plants in sleeves ready for loading and shipment.

Pine Ridge Garden Clubbers modeling the Greenhouse.  Coweta Greenhouses, Inc. has over seven acres of greenhouses!