Members of the Society for the Preservation and Propagation of Old-Time Gardening Wisdom, Lore, and Superstition (SPPOTGWLS or “the Society”) recently held a virtual Christmas party.
The meeting was called to order by me, the self-appointed president. During the brief business meeting, all voting members present in person (me) cast ballots for new officers.
It was unanimous that I should remain as president and secretary/treasurer for the coming year. I am pleased to accept this responsibility and will do my best.
The Society then got down to the business of celebrating the season.
First up was discussion about the weather, with members reporting both usual and unusual weather events.
Elizabeth showed stunning pictures of her white snow covered garden. All agreed it was most festive, but really, isn’t it always like that in Buffalo, except of course, in the summertime?
Kathy, always helpful, provided wonderful information on the benefits of snow as a warm blanket for everyone’s perennials and Mr. McGregor's Daughter talked about how long the winter has been already.
All the Austin garden bloggers were there, and could hardly contain themselves because they had real snow this year. They know that snow means moisture, and all of their gardens could use that. Pam and Diana were among several who showed us pictures.
Not to be out snowed, Jan in Louisana showed pictures of her recent snowfall as well.
At this point, everyone was getting a little antsy with all the snow and weather talk, so we turned our attention to the entertainment of the evening.
Frances led off with a riveting presentation of her yule log. In the interest of safety, other members stood ready with hoses and fire extinguishers, in case Frances got the idea to actually light the log, and not just the candle stuck in the hole made by the woodpecker.
We also looked over the beautiful amaryllis that Cindy from Houston has recently become obsessed with and Lancashire Rose told us all about robins and Christmas in England.
The Society then gathered around the piano to listen to Annie in Austin sing both of her Christmas songs. After a round of applause, it was story telling time.
First we heard Carolyn Gail tell the story of a most memorable Christmas in Alabama.
Being president and all, the group then politely listened to my Tale of the Christmas Cottontail, again, which makes the most sense if you also know the Story of the Halloween Hare. I also retold the story of the Christmas bell, which got everyone in the mood to share pictures of their gardening themed Christmas ornaments.
A few announcements were made. Robin(Bumblebee) reminded us about the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, Mary Ann provided a Christmas list for the beginning gardener, and I reviewed five handmade gifts for gardeners, should any members want to burn the midnight oil working in Santa’s workshop right up until the last minute.
Refreshments of cookies made by Mr. McGregor's daughter were finally served while Dee reminded us of the true meaning of the season.
The meeting was then adjourned with a personal note from the President wishing all a Merry Christmas and reminding everyone that it is way too soon to panic about seed orders, as we haven’t even completed Phase Two of Winter Gardening. There will be time enough in Phase Three of Winter Gardening to read cover to cover all the seed catalogs and browse all the seed company websites, and then order seeds.
And if we order early, there should be enough seeds for everyone. If not, I call dibs on any I want!!
Minutes* submitted by
Carol, President, SPPOTGWLS
*Should any members or other readers have corrections or additions to the minutes (perhaps I didn’t link to a holiday related blog post that would be of interest to all), please note those in the comments below.