The Blue Daylily
Newsletter of the Blue Ridge Area Daylily Society
(NOTE: This is a "text only" version of the newsletter. No pictures that are referenced are included in this copy of the newsletter.)
BRADS has a busy year ahead which includes our April meeting with Eric Simpson of Blue Ridge Day-lilies. April 13. Many of our members have visited the Gardens at Blue Ridge Daylilies and his presentation is something to be looked forward to.
The March display garden clean up was a week late due to the weather but we got the job done. Meg Swecker was there early cutting back cone flowers. Want to thank Meg and Kent Walton, Beverly Angle, Lynne Victori-ne, John Lawson, Tammy Mullins, Kathy Reed, Nancy Jones, and me for showing up and putting their hands to labor. Very much appreciated.
BRADS has planted daylilies at two Habitat Homes in March. There are more homes scheduled beginning in May. I am looking forward to seeing how the bed at the Habitat Store performs this year. I was by there on the 1st of March with mulch and they all looked very happy. I have asked Angie to order extra tags for the bed when she orders the PFM’s tags.
The Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs will have their Spring plant sale Saturday April 27 0900-1700 . BRADS participates in this sale. BRADS members are encouraged to donate plants for this sale and to assist the day of the sale.
I want to encourage members to keep an eye out for potential community projects. There are many of you who live in numerous places and there may be a new construction or an empty area were we might be able to plant a showy bed of daylilies. Or perhaps we could donate daylilies to another person’s project. This is part of our 401C3 guidelines in that we educate the public about daylilies.
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Inside This Issue:
President’s Message – pages 1-2
Christmas Party! – page 2
Those of you who has BRADS listed on their Kroger Rewards Card please be sure to update your card. BRADS will benefit.
And those who participated in the Dirty Santa Daylily Swap at Christmas, don’t forget to get together with your Dirty Santa.
What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Plants for Members Spring 2019
The PFM plants will be distributed to eligible club members using a lot-tery system. In order to be eligible, members must:
1. Be an active member in the club. Some of the activities that members can do: be a club officer, committee member, regularly attend meetings and club functions, contribute to club by helping at club activities, such as Holiday House, plant sale, maintenance of club garden, set-up and clean-up at club meetings, etc.
2. Members must attend at least one of the previous year’s four quarterly business meetings to be eligible for plants (attending annual Christmas party does not count towards eligibility).
3. Have dues paid by January 31 of the current year (if a renewing mem-ber cannot pay their dues by January 31 because of a personal hardship, it is the member’s responsibility to discuss their situation with the club president before January 31.
4. Have been growing daylilies for at least a year.
5. Submit their name after reviewing the PFM guidelines to either the current
Minutes of the February 9, 2019 Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Kyle Jones, President. Minutes from the November meeting were not shared.
President Jones presented the 2019 Calendar of Events for 2019. Discussion was encouraged, and the calendar was accepted as presented. Volunteers for “Garden Tours” were encouraged – will be added to calendar.
The Fourth Quarter/Year-to-Date financial report was emailed earlier; there were no questions or changes. June Avis, Treasurer, gave an overview of the 2019 Budget, and it was accepted as presented.
The Club’s Christmas Party is scheduled for December 14th from 12:00-2:00 at the Roanoker Restaurant. Discussion as to the club paying for the Christmas meal. I the club continues to pay for the guest speaker meals, then members should pay for their own dinner at Christmas meal. Decision to pay for this year’s Christmas meal will be made based on how much money is raised at the sales this year. Vote will be taken in September.
There was discussion on Julie Covington’s Potting Party plant sale. The project would require an area large enough to store the potted plants and would require someone to deliver to the plant sale. Carolyn suggested having bareroot plants in pots with a picture of the plant, $5.00 sale price. Everyone agreed having the picture of the plant makes the sale. Other ideas mentioned were to have the plants in plastic bags with a picture attached and the price on the bag. Also, using a color label to indicate the price of the plants, $3/$5/$8 marking each price a different color.
Request to start delivering the Quarterly Newsletter again, maybe someone would be interested in the duty.
Angie presented the process used for deciding Plants 4 Members. Suggestions were appreciated each year. Angie detailed the process for choosing hybridizers. Angie also explained why the club did not purchase from the same hybridizer each year, but every 2 years. CT Daylilies and Spacecoast Daylilies would not be purchased from again due to their Spring sales not matching up with our distribution dates. She is looking for new hybridizers because we are losing some of the older hybridizers as many are retiring and selling out.
Angie reminded everyone that if you leave the club, ALL outstanding plants must be returned to the club in their entirety.
Meeting was concluded with Angie Ridder as our guest speaker.
(Treasurer’s Report for First Quarter January 01, 2019—March 31, 2019 was provided, but is not included in the website version of the newsletter.)
On Saturday, May 11, we will have a Plants for Members Distribution. The list of daylilies that will be available for foster care can be found on our website by going to the Plants for Members tab.
Thank you for your patience regarding this VERY late news-letter. It’s felt like a pile up on the Dan Ryan Expressway that means the Kennedy all the way to O’Hare is also jammed! Pleased to finally get it completed!
Strega Nona’s Green Noodles with Leeks
1 pound spinach fettucine
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 medium leeks (about 1 lb.), sliced thinly, including some of the green tips
1 1/4 cup whipping cream
1—6 ounce can sliced black olives
Salt, freshly ground pepper, and a nutmeg
In a large casserole, melt the butter and sauté the leeks until tender. Add the cream and simmer until thick. Sea-son to taste with salt and pepper. Using your finest grater, grate some nutmeg over this—be sparing until you get a feel for what nutmeg can do in a dish like this. Stir in the drained olives. Meanwhile, prepare the noodles, and when al dente, drain them and add to the casserole. If it seems a little dry, add more cream. Toss and serve with freshly grated parmesan.
2 large boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
About 1 cup flour
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup brined capers, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Season the chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in flour. Melt butter and add olive oil. Sauté the chicken until golden on both sides. Remove the chicken to a plate, then reduce heat a bit and add lemon juice, stock and ca-pers. Return to a boil, and scrape the brown bits for flavor. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. To serve, plate the chicken and spoon sauce over. Garnish with the parsley.
This recipe is from my friend Sylvia Russo Broukhiyan, and I make it all the time! Yum!
Recipes from Your Editor
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of editing a cook-book created by members of the Italian-American Heritage Club. We tested a lot of recipes at our monthly potlucks! I’d like to share a few of mine with you, simply because they are easy, tasty, and because you deserve a present for being so patient in waiting for this newsletter!