Minutes October 2014

Lilium & Bulb Society of SA Inc meeting minutes 1st October 2014

Barb and Steve from Yarrabee Garden and Iris were the guest speakers. Steve showed a powerpoint presentation on growing bearded iris with a small section on other iris species easily grown in South Australia. A full colour catalogue of irises is available on the Yarrabee website www.yarrabee.net.
Lilium & Bulb Society of SA Inc meeting minutes 1st October 2014

Meeting commenced 8.10pm.

Welcome: new members Wendy Eckermann, Julian Slade, Trinette Reichers, Sue ?

Present: 28 members and visitors – see attendance book.

Apologies: Pat Simpson, Val Grapentin, Trevor Nottle, Alan O’Leary, Avril Dalby, Robert Field, Lawrence Ng, Di Robson, Ann Ruckert, Tania Thomas, Hugh Wallwork.

Speakers: Barb and Steve from Yarrabee Garden and Iris. Steve showed a powerpoint presentation on growing bearded iris with a small section on other iris species easily grown in South Australia. A full colour catalogue of irises is available on the Yarrabee website www.yarrabee.net.

Minutes of meeting held 3rd September 2014 moved Barb Field, seconded Rob Fairweather that minutes be accepted as emailed. Carried

Business arising:

  • 1. Planting day report. Good turnout and lovely to have new members Trinette, Katrina and Kate W join the working bee. 313 liliums, 21 Lily of the Valley and 20 cream gingers potted up for the show. Thanks to Greg Lawrence for his hospitality and garden tour.

  • 2. Photos for show. Rob Fairweather needs photos via dropbox or on stick by November meeting.

Correspondence in:

GCA Bulletin re AGM, Resources for club activities CD, Annual Photo competition 2014, Entries close 17th Oct. Annual report.

Reminders:

African violet show 25th 1pm to 5pm and 26th Oct 10am to 4pm, Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Rd Tusmore.
SA Iris Show, Oct 25th and 26th, Goodwood Community Centre.

Correspondence out: Nil

Treasurer’s report: Fred D seconded Kate O

Website report:

Rob Fairweather advised that the treatise on how not to grow cut flowers by Bob Dalby has now been included in the “Member’s Blooms” pages.

Any other business:

Daylilies progressing very slowly. Rob Fairweather has 24 going well, one died.

Barb Field found the following quote in Sex Botany and Empire by Patricia Tara and thought it was appropriate after Greg Ruckert’s interesting talk on the taxonomy of plants last meeting.
Linnaeus recognised that plants reproduce sexuallywith each flower having male and/or female parts.
Linnaeus was a profoundly religious man who believed in the sanctity of marriage, yet his text reads like a parody of a Mills and Boon novel: “The flower’s leaves… serve as bridal beds which the Creator has so gloriously arranged, adorned with such noble bed curtains, and perfumed with so many soft scents that the bridegroom with his bride might there celebrate their nuptials with so much the greater solemnity. When now the bed is so prepared, it is time for the bridegroom to embrace his beloved bride and offer her his gifts”.

Paradoxically, the man who introduced eroticism into botany was a home loving pastor who refused to let his daughters learn French in case their appetite for housekeeping became obsessive.

Show and tell:

Wendy Eckermann - waratah. Trinette Reichers - parrot tulip.
Barb Field -miniature tulbaghia comonsii, rare plant with tiny white flowers.
Marg Jenkins – TB iris ‘Gaelic Jig’, Louisiana iris ‘Surprise Offer’ and cyclamen.

Next meeting November 5th 2014.

Speakers Fred Dolan and Kate O’Brien explaining the show schedule classes and staging exhibits.

Meeting closed 9.15pm followed by the Annual General Meeting, raffle and supper.