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“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Gertrude Jekyll


Today, January 15th, Ron Brown demonstrated Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. His is a unique talent and his visit is a real treat for our club. We hope you all enjoyed and are inspired by his presentation.

Our February meeting will be held Tuesday, February 19th.

Topic and speaker will be announced in the February 1st and 15th garden club Oakmont News article.


As anyone who has gardened for a while knows, when spring arrives everything comes alive in a great rush. If we don’t take every opportunity in the winter months to get a handle on it, we can become overwhelmed with spring garden work – at a time when we just want to putter in and enjoy our garden. Since we are, after all, seniors, it’s perfectly alright to direct others do this work for us – it’s still gardening.

In the last column we covered dormant rose and fruit tree pruning but there’s more to do:

* To add to last article’s rose pruning tips: If you have hybrid tea roses, these should be cut back to about 1 foot, leaving only 3 strong, healthy canes. This is hard, we know, but hybrid teas bloom on this season’s growth and you will be rewarded.

* January is the prime time for pruning deciduous flowering vines and shade trees. Japanese maples are most beautiful when they are pruned to be “see through” – this will emphasize their graceful shape and delicate leaf structure. Strive for ‘layers’ with plenty of space between them and remove branches or stems that crowd the center of the tree or are too numerous in an area. Olive trees, while not deciduous, may also be pruned now and they, too, look their best when their irregular structure is exposed. Don’t be afraid to prune back heavily – they will bounce back.

* For all deciduous pruning use pruning shears for branches/stems up to ¾” in diameter, loppers for branches ¾ to 1” in diameter, and a pruning saw for branches more than 1” in diameter.

* Lavender, cotoneaster, barberry, potato vine, grape vine, wisteria and honeysuckle may all be pruned this month for shape and to remove dead wood.

* Grasses may also be cut back to a few inches this month and next.

Except for removal of dead wood, this is not the time to prune lilac, forsythia, flowering quince, rhododendron, or any other spring blooming plant. These plants bloom on one-year and older growth. If you prune them now, they will not bloom this spring.


Annual Garden Club dues are payable annually in January. Dues are $8 per person, $12 per couple. Make your check for 2019 payable to the Oakmont Garden Club and place in the Garden Club folder at the Oakmont Village administrative office.


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