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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    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
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    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.
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    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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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