February 19, 2016 Newsletter

We are upon the average last frost date for the year. Note that this is the average date. It's possible that we could still have a frost during the next few weeks, but I think the chances are slim. This means that spring is here! Time to get busy in the the garden.

We had an unusual, but productive planning meeting this week. See columbiablooms.org. On the home page, for now, are the meeting minutes. When you find errors please email me. Most of the meeting involved the future addition of murals and stars around town. We will have a presentation about murals soon. Watch this newsletter for the date & location. After the presentation is made a new committee, Arts in Bloom, will meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month for planning. (These are the alternate Wednesdays from Columbia Blooms meetings that are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.) Everyone is invited to attend Columbia Blooms and Arts in Bloom meetings.

Please welcome our new member, Carla Ricks.

Today's Columbia Blooms Facebook page statistics are below. Thanks for liking and sharing the page. If you have ideas for content please email me. Also, please continue to share the page with friends & family & encourage them to like it. Does anyone know what the Total Reach and People Engaged numbers mean?

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Last Week

Previous Week

Trend

Page Visits

18

14

↑28.6%

Weekly Total Reach

57

23

↑147.8%

People Engaged

15

4

↑275.0%

Total Page Likes

55

50

↑10.0%

The Plant of the Day is Cercis canadensis. The common name is Redbud. The only ones I'm aware of around town are at the Columbia Heritage Foundation property (the old Jr. High/High School). Look for Redbud on the north side (Clay Street). Most Redbuds are purplish-pink, but there is a white-flowered variety. It is native to eastern North America. It always blooms before the leaves appear. The flower buds are red thus the name Redbud. It grows into a small tree.