Gardener's Grapevine 2011.10.05

Written by David Green.

This was sure a week of rain. I drove to and from work in it. Friday afternoon I drove to Archbold on an errand and on the way home I saw a double rainbow. It’s rare to see a double one, but there it was. 

I wasn’t the only one enjoying it either. As I drove on, a little black and white kitten about half-grown was sitting along the edge of the road by a field admiring it, so it seemed. All of a sudden he jumped straight up and did a back flip sort of move. All I could think of is that’s how rainbows make me feel, too. Although a back flip would probably put me in the hospital and be the source of much laughter.

Nature is so beautiful and gives us surprises when we least expect them, like my sunflowers in summer. I never plant them, but spend many hours enjoying the antics of the birds, squirrels and chipmunks as they try to harvest the seed. 

This morning after church I did some dead-heading and a little clean-up around the church yard. The hostas have finished flowering for the most part and have ugly stalks sticking out of them. Some of the leaves are chewed up or have turned brown. I cut the stalks and ugly leaves off and the plant still looks pretty nice and probably will for a few more weeks. 

Hostas are so easy to clean up once they die down in the fall, that I usually let them do there own thing then clean them up. It’s the same with roses. Many people cover their roses and prune them back really short in the fall. My roses stay out with God and all the elements all year round, and every spring they are there sending new burgundy shoots out.

Other than cutting the dead roses back in early to mid-summer and dead-heading them, I don’t fuss too much with them and they seem all the happier for it. I do feed them, of course. Every spring around March I give them a nice few shakes of time release food and let God water it in. Many people fuss with their roses and I guess that’s fine if they are going to be judged or you have the time to do it. I don’t have time for the show or the fussing so I keep it simple. Apparently they are happy as they are still blooming.

Art pulled all the carrots and picked all the peppers and tomatoes since it won’t be long before we get a killing frost and losing good produce is always a bummer. I think we will try pickling some peppers and see what turns out.

I pulled all the green bean vines even though they were still blooming. There were a couple quarts of beans on the vines so we had them for dinner last evening. Fresh beans are always so good and I think knowing the cold is coming makes them tastier. Add some fresh hot apple crisp and you’ve got one fine fall meal! I heard that the long dry spell we had in the summer made the apples sweeter this year. It sure seems like it. They are so awesome, but then I say that every year.

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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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