Our regularly scheduled Thursday night meeting was held at the home of Susan Hightshoe in Marion. It was one of those really chilly August evenings and once the neighbor finally quit mowing her yard, we could actually hear our selves talk. President, Kacy Novak, began by introducing our hostess and asking her to talk about her pond a little. Susan has had some construction set backs ( a leak somewhere in the system, that seems to want to go undetected). You can’t tell by looking at it, as it looks lovely. It’s built to go under her sidewalk at the main entrance of her home. Susan’s yard is full of flowers and the pond is the home of many a friendly fish.
Minutes to the meeting were read and approved as printed in the last news letter. Nancy was on hand to present a Treasure’s report that was also approved. No committee reports were given. There was some discussion about the up coming Brucemore Landscape Expo in Cedar Rapids. EIPS will be putting up a informational booth at the event. Those volunteers met after the meeting to discuss what to bring. At the time of this printing, the event will be over. Hope you all got a chance to attend this event and be sure to thank those members who gave their time to represent the club.
Dennis Sindelar presented an herbal aphid spray called Pond Care Herbal Aphid Control. It’s an herbal spray that allows you to leave the plants in your pond. Simply spray the bug and rinse the plants off. Thyme and mint oil are the active ingredients. He reports that it works very well. Dennis also invited members to join them and the Nolans as they had made an appointment to go to Kloubec’s fish farm on the following Saturday. He also invited members to attend the Aquarium Fish Club at their annual fish auction, October 9th.
New club members were introduced.
New fish socks were presented for hanging outside our homes. It was decided to see if we could get a few made up for those interested in purchasing them.
In leu of a speaker, Kacy started a round robin discussion on what was going on in and around our ponds. This time of the year lilies are in full bloom, tadpoles are turning into frogs, fish are still spawning, and goldfish are turning gold.
Door prizes were drawn for with Lisa Lanham, Nancy Baldwin, and Robert Ward all being the lucky winners of some great fish food.
Respectfully submitted, Jackie Allsup
The Thursday, August 28th meeting was held at 7:00 at the pond of Kacy & Quinn Novak, Cedar Rapids. We gathered near the lower, earthen pond, around a roaring bonfire. The unusually cool August temperatures made it quite the cozy location.
Nancy Baldwin, treasurer reported the standing of the treasury and that there were two new memberships since her last report.
Carol Sindelar announced Willowglen Garden Center in Decorah is having a Fair, Saturday, September 11th from 10 to 4. They will be having special guest speakers, Karen Strohbeen and Bill Luchsinger from PBS’ “The Perennial Gardener”.
Their presentations are:
11 am.- Successful Plant Combinations
1 pm - Ornamental Grasses
3 pm - Trade Secrets
* Huge perennial plant sale
* Garden tours
* Floral crowns
* Bouquet gallery
* Good things to eat & refreshing beverages
Willowglen Nursery is located 15 miles north of Decorah, Iowa off US Highway 52. Admission will be $5.00/person at the gate. It was suggested if members are interested in attending that they plant to car pool. There is an EIPS meeting the Thursday before the event at which members could finalize some carpooling or they might contact Jackie Allsup or Carol Sindelar for some assistance in contacting others to carpool.
Kacy took a moment to tell about their major house makeover (more than doubled the square footage) and how it lead to their smaller ponds and one large earthen pond that was dug during the process. She shared that they were very happy they were able to tile all of the run off from the house to the pond at the back of the extra large lot. But that the pond was so far away that running electricity to it for filtration was not in the budget in the foreseeable future. Blade (Hooked on Fish), suggested she look into a windmill to create water movement. Kacy and Quinn really enjoy their large pond that has numerous water lilies and a raft. And now that she has discovered wet suits at Sam’s Club they are able to get into the deeper areas and bend over to work with the lily pots without filling their hip waders with water. She says thinning cattails and other marginals from the raft is another fun part of ponding.
As heard at the meeting during the round robin:
* Some pre-emergent herbicides members are using include—Trefland, Preeme or Corn Gluten Meal.
* At the Brucemore event members discover a nice hybrid variety of “Kiss Me Kate, Over the Garden Gate” that looks really nice in cut flower bouquets. Lisa Lanham purchased the last plant and promised to share seedling in the spring. It was noted that there are other varieties that are invasive (reseeds freely) and could be called...A weed.
* Pecks Greenhouse and Nursery will be having an ORANGE Cone Flower next spring. Jackie and Carol saw some on display at the Brucemore event and say they are really nice.
* Blade from Hooked on Fish shared that he is just amazed how the hobby continues to expand in Eastern Iowa. He also shared that he FINALLY go a hole dug for his own pond.
* A member mentioned she had cleaned her pond recently and that ever since it has been green and cloudy. She wanted advice. Members suggested she cleaned the pond too well and had knocked it out of balance, biologically. What the pond was doing was cycling again as a new pond does. Patience was the advice.
* Larry Thorp shared that he has found a fertilizer packet for Water Lilies and Lotus that is slow released and will last all season. The thought of only fertilizing once per year was a popular concept for those in attendance and he was encouraged to get information to share with the group about ordering since he had gotten it from the producer and it needs to be ordered in bulk.
The meeting adjourned with the drawing for door prizes and the roasting of marshmallows and the eating of smore’s and cookies.
Respectfully submitted by Carol Sindelar