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.”

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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