For Starkville Daily News
Traditionally the Starkville Town and Country Garden Club takes a break from monthly meetings in the heat of the summer.Â
However, that does not mean the ladies are not working, after all, this is summer and gardeners in StarkvilleÂ are busy.Â
National Garden Week, held June 5-11, was celebrated by the club with a donation of the beautiful book, â€śPrivate Gardens of Georgiaâ€ť written by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost .Â
Susan Street, Imogene Triplett, Jane Loveless and Anita Reynolds also put together a lovely garden display near the front door of the library which featuresÂ gardening booksÂ and Imogene Triplettâ€™sÂ stunning bromeliad plants.Â Â
Imogene Triplett said she became fascinated with the plants when she first went to Brazil.Â Â HerÂ plants are unusualÂ with dramatic variety in both the leaves and flowers.Â Some leavesÂ have vertical stripped leaves whileÂ others have horizontal stripes the flowers are very colorful.
The plants have names like Friendship, Red Hot Poker and Fingernail.Â They can grow on the side of rocky cliffs and should be watered within the cup found in the center of the plant, not in theÂ dirt where planted, explained Mrs. Triplett.Â Â
One book she recommends is â€śBromeliads for the Contemporary Gardenâ€ť by Andrew Steens,Â aÂ wonderful reference book for reading more aboutÂ bromeliads.