News February 2008
April 5, 1958
The spring MTDS membership meeting will be Sunday,
March 9 2008 at 2:00p.m. at the home of Ann McKinney. The address is
5134 Remington Drive, Brentwood. Please RSVP to Ann McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 377-6848 so we know how many to plan for.
Volunteers needed: Set-up
Friday, March 28
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Design Judges needed
Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. – 11:00
Volunteers needed: Clerks Saturday, March 30
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers needed: Tear-down Sunday, March
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Design Demonstration by Jeff and Jennifer Harvey
Photography exhibition discussion
50 year celebration
ADS Fall Board Meeting
Schedule for 2008available at spring meeting and at show!
The MTDS Show will be Saturday, March 29st and Sunday, March 30th
at Cheekwood. Entries will be accepted on Saturday from 7 am until 10:30 am. Test tubes, boxwood, entry cards, and the
show schedule will be available at Cheekwood Friday, March 29th after 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 30st at 7:00 a.m. Design
and photography entries will be accepted on Friday from 3:00 p.m.
– 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 am – 10:00 a.m. Space
is limited, reservations required. Contact Annie Owen at email@example.com or 794-0138.
MTDS SPRING MEETING
MARCH 15 & 16
GEORGIA DAFFODIL SOCIETY SHOW
MARCH 29 & 30
EAST TENNESSEE DAFFODIL SHOW
MARCH 29 & 30 MIDDLE
TENNESSEE DAFFODIL SHOW
ADS FALL BOARD MEETING
Since newsletters will now be emailed, please contact Anne Owen regarding the expiration of your
dues at firstname.lastname@example.org or 794-0138. Dues are $10.00 for an individual, $15.00 for a family. Please mail to MTDS: Anne Owen 1203 Natchez Road Franklin,
MTDS Officers: 2007-2008
President: Ann McKinney
Vice President: Amanda McKinney
Treasurer: Ann McKinney
Membership Chairman: Anne Owen
ADS Officers who are members of MTDS:
Nominations to be voted on at ADS Convention in Richmond, VA, April
2nd Vice President: Becky Fox Matthews
Southeast Regional Director: Ann McKinney
Continuing National Officer: ADS Legal Counsel: Dick Frank
Winter/Spring Daffodil Tips:
Ø Growing! Your daffodils are busily growing! Daffodils are dormant in summer. They put down roots in fall
and are now preparing to bloom in early spring. You are probably beginning to see green leaves appear above ground.
Ø Fertilizing in winter/spring: Fertilizing in early February with a low nitrogen fertilizer is beneficial.
Sulfate of potash can also be applied to improve color. Fertilizing again after flowering is also good. Do not use bone meal,
it tends to attract unwanted critters!
Ø Early foliage, heavy frost … what to do:
There really isn’t too much you can do if foliage comes up too early. In most cases, additional foliage
will grow to give the bulb the energy it needs to produce future blooms. Only on occasion will the bulb be so damaged that
it can’t recover. Unless temperatures go down into the teens with buds considerably above the ground, they will be fine.
If buds are way up, you can cover them with a pot to protect them, although if you grow a lot of daffodils, this probably
is not realistic. If a late deep freeze hits when foliage is mature, a fungicide can be sprayed to prevent bulbs from rotting.
watering: The more water daffodils receive during the growing season (from planting
until foliage begins to yellow), the larger, smoother and brighter colored flowers will be produced. Soaker
hoses work well. Water daily beginning March 1st. Watch out for freezes though. The single most important thing
that you can do to improve your blooms is to water them when there is less than an inch of rainfall per week in the fall and
Ø Get Organized! Now is a great time to get your daffodil collection information together. Update
it with new varieties you planted in the fall and delete any varieties you lost or dug last season. Study your lists! This
will be helpful in deciding on entries as well as deciding what to add to your collection next year. You will know what divisions
to look at closely at the show to help decide what varieties to purchase.
Ø Be Hopeful! Now is the time to sit back and wait. We are hopeful that Mother Nature will cooperate and we
will be blessed with numerous beautiful blooms this spring!
Ø When to pick flowers and when to refrigerate: Pick flowers at their
prime, with the exception of red and orange cups, which need to be picked early so that their cups don’t burn. Red and
orange cups can be picked in a loose bud and brought into the house or garage to open in a cool dark location. If really bad
weather is predicted, protection or early picking is advised. All the exhibitors agreed that the best time to clean and
groom blooms is when they are picked. The more flowers you have, the more discerning you can be about what you pick. Most
exhibitors leave their blooms in water until they harden before refrigerating. If refrigerating, use an old frost-free refrigerator
to keep the moisture in the blooms. Additionally, you can put water in the drawers or keep wet towels on the shelves to keep
the moisture. I have been able to keep fresh blooms refrigerated for close to 10 days successfully. Others recommend re-cutting
the stems every 2-3 days to keep the flowers fresh. Additionally, you can use a regular refrigerator if you tent the shelves
with dry cleaner bags to keep the moisture level high and to prevent the circulating air from drying the flowers. If doing
this, I would mist the flowers every couple of days and to monitor the temperature of the refrigerator… flowers
freeze! Re-cut the stems when staging them. Mary Lou Gripshover also has had success storing blooms in Ziploc bags dry
in the refrigerator. She re-cuts them and puts them in water to re-hydrate when she is ready to prepare her exhibits.