Poppy: A Remembrance of Fallen Heroes

By Rosalie Laune:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem was written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, a physician serving in a Canadian artillery unit during World War I. It is believed he wrote it after conducting a burial service for a young Canadian artillery officer who was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium.

New Haven Garden Club Visits Private & Public Gardens In Ste. Genevieve

Photo of New Haven Garden Club Members during visit to Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk 2015. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Benz)

By Rosalie Laune

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - On May 16, members of the New Haven Garden Club attended the Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk 2015.  The event featured tours of private and public gardens, a plant sale, farmer’s  market and wagon rides.

New Haven Garden Club Visits Groner’s Hydroponic Gardens

Article and Photos By: Rosalie Laune

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - In late April members of the New Haven Garden Club visited Heidi Groner’s hydroponic gardens located south of New Haven. 

The picture above was taken in the greenhouse where Heidi raises tomatoes and in a second greenhouse she raises several varieties of lettuce.

Heidi’s produce can be found in local grocery  stores and at Schnucks Market in Washington. 

Franklin County Master Gardener Judy Marrow Speaks At New Haven Garden Club Meeting

Photo and article by Rosalie Laune.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - At the New Haven Garden Club’s meeting  Tuesday, February 10, Judy Morrow,(Pictured above) Franklin County Master Gardener, addressed  the New Haven Garden Club and other members of the community on growing bedding plants. 

Fun Facts About The Mistletoe

By: Rosalie Laune

Mistletoe is a Christmas tradition in many cultures.  Most of us know about sneaking a kiss under the mistletoe, but how many of us know mistletoe is actually a parasite?

Here are five fun facts about mistletoe you can impress your friends with...or maybe not.

1. Mistletoe is a catchall term for the more than 1500 species of the plant  growing around the world, most in the tropics.

New Haven Garden Club Had Busy Winter

By:  Rosalie Laune

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - In spite of our challenging winter, members of the New Haven Garden Club had a full agenda for the winter and spring months.

In February members enjoyed the orchid show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and in March the Art in Bloom event at the St Louis Art Museum.

In April members were given a tour of the wild flower garden at the Shaw Nature Reserve by a Franklin County Master Gardener and in late May members weeded and mulched the downtown garden.

Daylilies - Work Horses Of The Garden

In The Garden with Rosalie

By: Rosalie Laune - My Daylilies are starting to bloom.  I call Daylilies “the work horses of the garden”.  They are not temperamental; they don’t crave constant attention; they tolerate our Missouri summers well and they fill the garden with beautiful blooms for an extended period of time.

I’ve transplanted and divided them in spring, summer and fall and they never complain.  They simply adapt and continue blooming.  I can’t recall ever losing a plant over the winter. For all these reasons is why I started several years ago to make day lilies the mainstay of my gardens. There are many different species from which to choose and new ones appear on the market yearly.

‘Tis the Season of the Iris

By: Rosalie M Laune
New Haven Garden Club

The Washington Iris Club is holding its Iris Show in New Haven this year.  It will be held at the New Haven Fire House, May 10 from noon to 4:00 P.M. 

The theme is  “On Fire for Iris”.  Carol Kuhlman, a local resident is active in this organization.  She and her husband, Tom, live on the west end of Melrose Street and a have huge iris garden on their property across from their home.

They always welcome guests to enjoy their over 300 iris plants, some of which are heirloom varieties.     

Rosalie Laune's Garening Tips - Week By Week Guide

By: Rosalie M Laune
New Haven Garden Club

Spring is on the horizon—just a few more days.  In fact we had a teaser this week. Like most gardeners, I’m ready to play in the dirt.

Earlier this week I strolled around my yard and was delighted to see tulips, daffodils, snow drops and crocus peeking out.  To be honest I was happy that we didn’t have unseasonably warm weather in January.

In years past, the daffodils got confused by our January thaw and starting peeping out only to be rudely shocked by snow, sleet and dramatic drops in temperature. I always thought that stunted their blooms in the spring. Maybe that was my imagination.