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.”

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    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

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