Meridian Star

March 2, 2014

Friendship Garden Club

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     "Love" and "renewal" are words often spoken during the month of February. Members of the Friendship Garden Club followed suit when they met at the home of Ruth Carr for the February meeting.

    Everyone was glad the renewal of spring was on the way. Kay Smith, president, welcomed members and led them in The Collect. 

    Edna Earle Tedder opened with prayer and devotion.

    “The importance of speaking the right words to each other are very important,” Tedder noted, especially to our children. The message of her devotion was "A torn jacket is soon mended but harsh words bruise the heart of a child."

     Her scripture was from II Corinthians 13:10 and her message: In accordance with the authority that the Lord gave unto me for the building up and not tearing down. Every word, every action leave a mark upon the person that you have contact with. What may seem to you as an insignificant comment, may turn out to be the one that is remembered most by children. Be careful to use up building words.

     Cheryl Shannon presented a horticulture report on the Ruby-throated hummingbird, referencing a program presented by the Hummer Bird Study Group of Clay, Ala. 

    The Ruby-throated hummingbird is beautiful, especially the male – with its emerald green back and ruby-red throat, Shannon noted.

    The hummingbird can go 30 miles per hour at usual speed and up to 50 miles per hour at escape speed. It is believed that they have binocular vision and can spot a feeder three-fourths a mile away.  

     The female Ruby-throated hummingbird does all of the work when building the nest; this is true of most species of hummers. She builds the nest, lays the eggs, feeds and cares for the young birds with no help from the male. All he does is fertilize the eggs.

     Most Ruby-throated hummingbirds probably migrate across the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and again in the fall. They winter in Central America and Southern Mexico. It generally takes from 18-24 hours to fly across the Gulf. They arrive on the United States Gulf Coast in late February or early March. They feed on flowers and sugar water. They also feed on soft body insects like gnats, flies, and mosquitoes. Some of the hummingbird’s favorite flowers are bee balm, salvia, sage and petunias, Shannon said.

     After the report, members gathered together to make three huge goodie baskets for delivery to Care Lodge on Valentine’s Day. Members were then invited into the dining room to share in conversation and refreshments.

    Ruth Carr, Edna Earle Tedder, and Karen Scott served as hostesses.


• Report written and submitted by Lana Booker.