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CAROL'S CORNER - Current Observations for the month......January 2005
   
     Happy New Year to iris lovers everywhere.  This is a good time to make a New Year's resolution to get involved in our club activities this year.  Volunteer for one of the committees.  Here is a list of the committees you may want to participate in:  Iris Show, Iris Tour, Iris Sale, Programs (for meetings), Judges Training, Fort Gardens, Publicity, Sunshine Chair, Membership Chair, Historian.

     My amaryllis are winding down their bloom period.  What a show throughout the Christmas season.  I purchased one bulb from a mail order catalog in the Fall and potted it up myself.  Then, in November I picked up another one at Walmart, already potted, growing and in bud.  For the same price as the one I had to pot myself.  Both pleased me mightily.  When they became too top heavy for their pots, I cut the stalk and placed it in a tall water filled vase, being sure to fill the empty stalk with water to avoid air inside.

     Catalogs are arriving daily and it's very tempting to sit down and browse and dream.  Hopefully a few hours of free time will show up soon.  February is a good time to start seeds such as petunia or pansies in your basement.  You can use a heating pad for warmth, and a shop light for light.

     If your garden tools are close at hand, this is a good month to dig them out and do some maintenance work.  Pruners and trowels need to be sharpened and cleaned of rust.

     Please remember to put together your list of newly acquired iris and get it to Alverta Symes for the sale committee.  It helps them prepare ahead if they have time to round up the necessary pictures for the sale.  Any spare iris catalogs you could give the committee would help them, too.