Gardener's Grapevine 2011.08.17

Written by David Green.

Have you ever received flowers in a bouquet, bunch from a garden, formal arrangement from a flower shop, or in a pot to be planted? Do they make you happy? Does it brighten your day looking at them? Does it remind you that someone loves and cares about you and wants you to know it? I don’t know one person who would answer “no.”

Flowers are a little smile from nature. When I was dating my husband 29 years ago we would be traveling somewhere and he would stop along the road out of the blue and pick a huge bunch of wildflowers and give them to me. I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful that it took a long time to tell him that I was very allergic to them. I can’t breath well around wildflowers, but the gesture was what kept me from telling him. I believe that’s called between a rock and a hard place.

I primarily plant perennial flowers in my gardens and very few annuals. There are two reasons for this—the perennials come back every year and they spread.

Last week I wrote about flowers that feed the birds in the fall and winter, and anything that seeds will do that. But I must admit most of my flowers are for my sheer love of them. Especially roses which are a lot of work.

Every week I take flowers to the office where I work for our front desk. Whatever is in bloom currently, goes into a vase and we get many positive comments. The last three weeks it has been yellow and white daisies. I think daisies are one of the happiest flowers there are. They just seem to smile at you and say “hi!” 

My son Nicholas planted a little spot of daisies in a garden he made for 4-H years ago, and we now have them in many spots. It’s nice to see the bright yellow blowing in the breeze. It’s kind of like they are saying, “I’m just chillin’ over here and you can enjoy me if you want or I’ll just brighten my little area of the world for you.”

I plant flowers for many reasons and none of them are for show. I enjoy them immensely. The neighbors like them a lot and if they enjoy them that’s a plus. I like to take flowers to work so I can have some of the outdoors indoors while I’m shut inside and lastly, I love to give them to people. Flowers can make someone’s day…give them some and receive a smile.

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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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