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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    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.
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    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.

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