Garden Club News
The Garden Club members visited the Botanical Gardens in November. The gardens are really beautiful this time of year and are a great place to take a break from the stress of the holidays! The members also have been busy selling bows, and the Forest is beginning to look very festive. If you have not been contacted about buying a bow, and would like to purchase one, please call Donna Wright at 210-494-0136. If you’re interested in learning more about the Garden Club, or attending a meeting, please contact Toni Dunn at 210-494-9962 or Susan Hawthorne at 210-495-1921.
Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. Interesting fact - the common name derives from the fact that Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, introduced the first specimens to North America (1828).
Here are some tips to keep your poinsettias looking pretty all during the holidays:
Light – Place the plant near a sunny window. South, east or west facing windows are preferable to a north facing window. Poinsettias are tropical and will appreciate as much direct sunlight as you can provide.
Heat - To keep the poinsettia in bloom as long as possible, maintain a temperature of 65 - 75 degrees F. during the day. Dropping the temperature to about 60 degrees F. at night will not hurt the plant. However, cold drafts or allowing the leaves to touch a cold window can injure the leaves and cause premature leaf drop.
Water - Water the plant whenever the surface feels dry to the touch. Water until it drains out the bottom, but don't let the plant sit in water.
Humidity - Lack of humidity during dry seasons, in particular winter, is an ongoing houseplant problem. If your home tends to be dry and your poinsettia is in direct light, you will find yourself watering frequently, possibly every day.
Enjoy your poinsettias and have yourself a merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Yard of the Month
Drive up Arizona Ash to 806 and you will find a peaceful, park like setting. This is the home of Cookie and Tony Garcia and has been selected for the November Yard of the Month. Cookie and Tony have lived in Hidden Forest and maintained a beautiful yard for 34 years.
The large oak tree at the left hand corner is the perfect spot for visiting with family, friends, and neighbors and playing with the grandchildren. Mature oak trees, crape myrtles, and a magnolia tree make the front yard shady and inviting. Hedges of pittosporum and boxwoods hug the house. Other plantings that provide color and interest are plumbago, firebush, nandinas, Phillipine violets and some seasonal potted flowers. Congratulations to the Garcias for contributing to the beauty of Hidden Forest!
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Please Note: The Garden Club members have decided to discontinue awarding the Yard of the Months for the months of December through March and will start again in April of each year. This was due to the fact that it’s often difficult to keep yards looking nice during the winter months and will give everyone time to get their yards looking especially beautiful by April!
Are you interested in starting a Mom’s Club in the neighborhood? There has been lots of interest. Contact the office and we’ll help you get one started!
Neighborhood Women's Bible Study
Anyone interested in starting a Bible Study, please contact the office.
Classic Car Club
If you are interested in being involved in a Classic Car Club, please contact Ronnie Gray at email@example.com. It is not necessary to own your own classic car to join.
Mens and women’s tennis leagues.
Hidden Forest Office
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 - 2:30 pm