Dec. 2018, January 2019

Leaves No.  164                                                                                  Elizabeth Dowd, Editor



President’s Message                                                            Andrea Boyar, President


I have to admit that I often find inspiration from movies. One of my all-time favorites is Groundhog Day (1993) https://youtu.be/R0xgdzDO25k, in which a callow self-absorbed weatherman lives the same day over and over until he gets it right. (Some calculations estimate that he lives the same day 10,000 times). Repeatedly, he experiences depression and despair to the point of suicide, but eventually he uses his unique situation to read French poetry, learn to play jazz piano, ice sculpt the face of the woman he loves, and selflessly help others. 
A great scene is when Phil, played by Bill Murray, addresses the Groundhog Day crowd in Punxsutawney, PA: “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.” 
So perhaps in the gray and cold of a New York winter and certainly during the holiday season, we can ourselves appreciate the light and hope that we get from each other, our friends, family, and of course our plants!



To do now:

With our relatively warm fall season, it is still not too late to get some spring bulbs into the ground – although this window may be rapidly closing!  I know I have some waiting to go in!  As always, the ones that don’t make it are great for forcing indoors and can still be planted outdoors afterwards.  I just noticed something in the paper this week – it is illegal to fertilize in New York State between December and April - just keeps us aware of the environmental issues involved with gardening.  So many of our lawns still have the “Do not touch” flags on them each summer indicating poisonous chemicals are in use!   There must be a better way to handle our weed and growing issues. More to come on this issue as I research and follow up.

Please feel free to contact me with thoughts.


Upcoming Programs, Workshops and Events:


Club Day, December 10, Larchmont Avenue Church, 12:00 pm.  We will have our annual soup lunch followed by our wreath/centerpiece workshop.  For those of you who volunteered to make soup, breads or desserts, Camille and Geri will be in touch.  If possible, could you bring along copies of your recipes?  I expect members will ask for them and the soups would be nice warming meals during the coming winter months. 


This year Meg Veith-Heib will lead us in making wreaths or centerpieces using pine cones.  Pine cones will be supplied, but feel free to bring any you may have.  Also, please bring your cutters, gloves and any decorations you may want to include in your decoration.  We will also be making tray favors for Meals On Wheels recipients.    Our workshops are a great opportunity to introduce friends to our club and let them see firsthand some of the things we do as a group and for our community. 


As usual, there will not be a Club Day for January.  Our meetings for 2019 will begin on February 4 with a lecture on Native Plants by Club member Meg Veith-Heib, who is also a local landscape gardener.  As always, feel free to bring any friends and neighbors who may be interested in our club.  The meeting will be at the Senior Center.


To all – a very happy holiday season and blessed New Year.