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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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