Plantation Garden Club | The Sentinel of the Sun

What a treat the Plantation Garden Club had on Wednesday November 9th. The weather was so perfect that we all followed the voices outside to the pergola nestled behind the greenery for the most beautiful display of flowers and friends.

Erica Eason Hall was our guest speaker. She works from her home in Clarksdale and her floral designs have been featured in the September-October issue of Delta Magazine. She recently began painting under the tutelage of her husband, Hayden Hall, whose art is widely appreciated in the Delta.

Let me start by saying that Erica is a girl after my heart because she loves wandering the fields looking for interesting sticks, leaves and colorful objects that she can add to a flower arrangement. Sometimes she ends up buying them from a wholesaler because her friends just don’t want her picking all their favorite magnolia leaves – the ones with the nice brown underside.

Really, have you ever sat down and thought to yourself that what these roses need is a few dried okra pods stuck in here? Let’s not forget the cotton swabs, our Delta mast. As soon as the machines finish picking, run to the fields and get yourself a heap or be sorry for a year. Pecan branches and leaves, twisted Virginia creeper vines all around the base of your design give it a foundation.

Speaking of foundation, another tip from Erica was to use a silver casserole dish as a centerpiece, as it gives a bit of height and adds interest to the table.

These are the two most important things to remember: 1) Leucadendron is a showy plant often used as a houseplant, with branches starting in shades of green ending in red tips. Two of these are all you need to give your centerpiece that length and breadth. 2) Quicksand roses are the perfect color for fall or any season when using pottery; they’re lightly tanned, which is the best way to describe them other than to say they’re perfectly handsome. Pair these roses with any pottery and dried moss, throw sticks and twist three times, click your heels and you have a masterpiece, or so Erica Hall made it look from anyway.

Erica sent photos of greenery she does for the holidays – mostly magnolia leaves. She likes to use all sides of the leaves, including the bright green, the fuzzy brown, and the not-so-popular white side, but with her artist’s eye, she knows where to tuck in and pick until it’s perfect.

His work is in high demand, so line up your ducks if you need some greenery for the holidays. It will last a good while with proper care. You can reach Erica by email: [email protected]

Harriett Catoe gave the backyard bird study on the great horned owl, sending a photo of a rather cute baby owl straight into the camera. Some interesting facts: They are the largest owls and are native to the Americas. They are found from Alaska to the tip of South America. With large feet, they have feathers all over their legs all the way to the tips of their toes. These owls have no sense of smell but can hear up to 10 miles away. They only need 5% of the light humans need to see and can turn their heads 270 degrees. They feed at night mainly on rodents, rabbits and small animals which they can kill instantly due to their silent flight and surprise attack.

Refreshments were served inside, but no one was in a rush to move, just enjoying the camaraderie, asking more questions, showing more pictures on our phones, and enjoying the glorious fair breeze.

Once inside we were stunned by a table bursting with color, small pottery vases of zinnias and pansies nestled around slabs of tree branch risers where all the colors of pottery birds you can imagine standing guard around the happiest of orange wart-covered pumpkins. I’m just sure there’s a more scientifically appropriate way to say this better, but to me it was a happy cheery pumpkin giving humor to the ladies feasting on the delicious cake, warm artichoke dip, cheese straws and spiced apple cider or coffee served in a half cup.

As a parting gift, we received our choice of a clay ornament featuring hummingbirds, owls, butterflies and other natural wonders. A warm thank you to our hostess and co-hostesses Harriett Catoe, Sheryl Swindoll and Carolyn Webb. This day will be remembered as one of warm fellowship with very dear friends.

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