Gardener's Grapevine 04.20.2011

Written by David Green.

By Jo Erbskorn

This past Saturday I  went to Stair Public Library with the intention of looking up past Gardener’s Grapevine columns. What I wound up doing was reading everything else in the old Observers. Maude Chase’s column fascinated me.

I never did run across an old Grapevine column, but I found out that Oak Grove Cemetery was the site of the old Morenci Fairgrounds prior to being a cemetery. Isn’t it interesting that we as a community hosted a fair? I wonder if it even resembled fairs of our current era? History is so fascinating, especially when it is your history.

This morning as I went to church, I noticed the hyacinths are blooming. The daffodils and tulips should be open for Easter. Isn’t spring wonderful? It’s so nice to see everything that was ugly and brown green up and produce such beautiful foliage and flowers. My husband Art and I are the grounds keepers at the Congregational Church where we attend.

Morenci’s churches are all beautiful and have such rich history. I remember the Baptist church when it was where the Little People’s Place is now. Our church has a very old simplistic exterior that gives it such a country church look and we strive to keep the landscaping simple yet beautiful to enhance the beauty of the structure.

Wherever you live or any building you attend can be beautiful no matter how old or new it is. It does not have to be complicated. If your exterior is a color such as brown or grey, aim for bright colors and different shades of foliage. All one color is going to appear bland and blend in, so it will not “pop.” Reds, pinks and purples do not stand out against grey and brown without some help from yellows and whites.

The opposite goes for homes that are yellow, pale blue or other light colors. If you place pinks, whites or light blue plants here they will get lost, but throw in some red or deep purple and the whole picture changes.

My point is, every season has plants that thrive at that time of year, so when you choose plants for your beds think of color. Ask yourself what will go with the colors of the buildings and the plants already present.

An example of making landscape pop and getting the wow factor is the garden clubs hanging baskets in our downtown. The club has bought these flowers for many years now and every year we strive to find the “perfect” blend of color, longevity and environmental tolerance to give the town the most beauty for the longest amount of time. We’ve tried many different types and colors of plants. We’ve had some successes and some tries that just simply blended in with their surroundings.

We discuss this every year to great lengths, prior to voting on the choices nominated. We have some successes and some duds, and you will, too. It is impossible to have success without trying something new. I encourage you all to picture what you want to achieve this year and give it a try. Make your area have a “pop.”

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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