Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What To Do If a Hurricane Hits

If another hurricane occurs possibly this information may be of a benefit.

VISIT THESE WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION TRACKING STORMS
Track all Hurricane Storms at the National Hurricane Center Website:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Wind Tracking Website: 
http://www.weather.gov/media/iwx/webpages/skywarn/Beaufort_Wind_Chart.pdf
www.COJ.Net Storm FAQs
HOW TO APPLY:
  • Online: https://www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Smartphone: downloading FEMA application through https://www.fema.gov
  • FEMA Toll-Free Helpline: 800-621-3362
  • FEMA Toll-Free Helpline for deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disability: 800-462-7585
  • Disaster Recovery Center open for limited periods post-disaster near your community. 
  • U.S. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Who do I call if I’ve lost power?

The storm caused extensive power outages across the city. JEA is working to restore power safely. Electrical outages and service issues can be reported to JEA at (904) 665-6000 or online at JEA.com.

What do I do if I find downed power lines?

If citizens encounter downed power lines, they are encouraged to keep a safe distance and call 630-CITY (2489) to report the issue.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS & WEBSITES


City of Jacksonville – 904-630-CITY (2489); http://www.coj.net/
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office –  904-630-0500; www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-office.aspx
Florida Department of Transportation – 904-360-5457; http://www.fdot.gov/
JEA - 904-665-6000; https://www.jea.com/
Northeast Florida Red Cross – 904-358-8091;
http://www.redcross.org/local/florida/north-florida/local-chapters/northeast-florida
Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) – 904-630-3100; http://www.jtafla.com/
Traffic Information – 511; https://fl511.com/
United Way of Northeast Florida – 211; https://www.unitedwaynefl.org/
Florida Emergency Information Hotline – 1-800-342-3557; http://floridadisaster.org/feil.htm
Salvation Army – 904-356-8641; http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/jacksonville/
National Weather Service Jacksonville – 904-741-4311; www.weather.gov/jax/
Duval County Public Schools – 904-390-2000; https://duvalschools.org/
Jacksonville Public Library – 904-630-BOOK (2665); https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/
Federal Disaster Assistance – 1-800-621-3362, https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Submitted by ~

Wanda Bosworth
Cherokee Rose

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking for Crafters

Mandarin Garden Club is looking for vendors for their Craft Sale on November 4th from 9 to 4. Only outside spaces are available. They rent for $25. 

There will be between 40 to 45 booths.
This will be a fun Fall day with a BBQ lunch for sale and baked goods.
Advertising will be done by the Mandarin Garden Club.

Please call 904-268-1192 to reserve your space.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jax Mom's Group Tours Mandarin Garden Club's Gardens

On July 26, the Mandarin Garden Club hosted Jax Mom's Group for a tour of the gardens. The guests included mothers, children and three of our youngest garden enthusiasts in strollers. 

The children were delighted to discover pineapple, bananas and a variety of green vegetables growing in the garden. An abundant number of bees, butterflies and lizards also attended the tour. The morning was sultry but the summer flowers made a spectacle of themselves to make up for the heat. 

The young gardeners enjoyed cooling watermelon, grapes and butterfly themed treats. After being suitably refreshed the children channeled their energy into creating fairy gardens. The results were magical. 

Thank you to Master Gardener Mary Forester for her expertise in Fairydom. 

Donna Crosby 
Education and Community 
Mandarin Garden Club 








Photos courtesy 
Donna Crosby 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Annual Plant Exchange

The ladies of Mandarin Garden Club gathered together on July 29, 2017 to once again enjoy our Annual Plant Exchange.

If you have never attended, you are truly missing out on an experience.  The event began at 10 a.m., however, our ladies started gathering before 9:30 a.m.  You have to get that jumpstart on checking out the inventory and staking your place!!

By 9:45 a.m. as I moved around the room,  I visited with everyone - but they weren't moving away from their first choice.  Ladies had their hands on the prizes waiting for the first bell to sound.

Mary Forrester began promptly at 10 a.m. with the first round - giving instructions for those newcomers -



We had 10 rounds and great fun with good hearted competition.  It was a wonderful event and many thanks to Mary Forrester and Nancy Taylor for all their hard work.


Every exchange is unique - check your new directory (distributed in September) for next year's date.

Respectfully Submitted by ~

Karen Rowe

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Humming Bird Feeders


If you are interested in setting up a feeding station, I recommend that you read these two webpages 


In Florida, our weather is quite conducive to spoilage of sugar water, so cleaning and renewing your feeder is of prime importance here in Jacksonville.   From the “Wildbirdscoop” webpage, I have summarized the part about cleaning a hummingbird feeder in this newsletter article.  Here are the main points:

(1)  In hot weather, every two or three days will be necessary to prevent the syrup from fermenting and producing mold.  If hummingbird food sits in very hot sun most of the day then the feeder may need to be cleaned every day or every second day.

(2)  It is not advisable to refill your feeder when it is empty without cleaning it. A small amount left in a feeder for only a couple of hours, will ferment much quicker.

(3)  Use warm water and vinegar, or warm water with a drop of bleach and a couple of drops of dish detergent.  Do not use vinegar and detergent together.   Whatever solution is used - great caution should be taken to thoroughly rinse it out.

(4)  Brushes of various sizes will make the job much easier and more thorough.

Submitted By ~

Martha Dysart

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mandarin Garden Club Presents Westminister Woods on Julington Creek the Annual Business Beautification Award 2016-2017.

On May 25, 2017, Donna Crosby, Education and Community Director of the Mandarin Garden Club presented Amanda Birch, Director of the Westminster Woods Senior d
Development, the Annual Business Beautification Award for 2016-2017.  

Westminister Woods is an assisted living and active lifestyle facility built in 1961. Westminister has a beautiful wooded campus with stunning water views or gardens that can be enjoyed from every building. Residents remain active and enjoy their beautiful surroundings.

There are ponds with water features that are habitats for turtles, water birds. and other Florida wildlife. The occasional gator has even been sited. Park benches and tables surrounded by Azaleas, Gardenias, Magnolias and old Oak trees laced with Spanish moss invite a rest. Wide sidewalks encourage walkers, bikers and golf cart drivers to enjoy the beautiful grounds up close and personal. Residents can listen to the soothing sounds of fountains sprinkled throughout the gardens. Gazebos are also nestled creekside for sitting and enjoying the gorgeous views of Julington Creek. 

Westminister Woods has successfully married a mid-century modern style, that consciously compliments it's "Old Mandarin" natural surroundings with many options for residents to maintain an active lifestyle..  We greatly enjoyed our visit to their campus and encourage others to visit.

Submitted by ~

Donna Crosby
Education & Community




Monday, July 10, 2017

Soil Info For Duval County

You may not know that the soil in and around Duval County is generally very poor, especially around housing developments where the ground had been scraped to sand in order to even out the dips and bumps.  At that point, some developers will truck in a thin layer of topsoil, before laying sod on top.  

The best thing that you can do is provide some decaying organic matter to the soil (grass clippings), and continue to annually sprinkle topsoil evenly over the entire surface.  Of course, fertilizer is a must for grass – once a year adding minor constituents (magnesium, manganese, iron, etc.) to the commonly applied nitrogen, phosphorus (tiny amounts) and potassium mixtures.  If you have mulched areas, the very best mulch you can apply is live-oak leaves . . . they decay slowly, and keep the weeds down the best of any mulch because they form flat, overlapping layers which keeps sunlight from penetrating and producing weed germination.  If you don’t want live oak leaves, the next best is pine straw or pine bark mini-nuggets.  Contrary to common belief, this will not acidify the soil.  Please don’t use cypress mulch, since it is causing a scarcity of cypress trees in this area.  

Of course, to best take advantage of the above suggestions, you should have a pH test of your yard to determine if you have acid soil or not.  Directions for this obtaining soil to give to the Extension Office can be found online at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ss494 or call the Extension Office at 904-255-7450.

Submitted by -

Martha Dysart