Gardener's Grapevine 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

It’s Sunday afternoon and here I sit in the living room. Out the window I can see the beautiful birds at my feeders, and across the room is our beautifully two-thirds decorated Frasier fir Christmas tree. It’s two-thirds decorated because my dad’s lab, Buddy, cleans the bulbs on the lower one-third off with his tail. Apparently labs have an inability to control their tails and the ever-present wag.

Kisses, our “labadork” retriever, had to have her tail docked two years ago due to extreme wagging and cutting it open. According to the vet, their tails don’t heal well. This could all be solved if God took the ADD portion of a lab’s personality out of them. They are overly happy animals with an extreme desire to please.

This past week while reading, I encountered a poem by Peggy A. Michik from Rome, New York. It seemed to fit right in with the season, as I seem to write a lot about using the winter months to plan for the coming spring and summer. 

The poem was so nicely written I felt it should be shared. Here’s her poem:

“Now’s the time to visualize, how many rows you’ll sow.

Three or four or maybe more, with thoughts of what to grow.

You can start with seeds of kindness, compassion is a yes,

Love and care, they must be there with no room left to guess.

Start your garden early and tend the chosen ground,

Don’t think twice ’til the weather is nice, let goodness bloom all year round.”

At Christmas everyone thinks of being nice, kind and giving. Doesn’t it seem as that should be all year round? Rudeness is just another way to show someone that you don’t care, and who wants to leave that impression?

When you are doing your Christmas shopping, remember that even a non-gardener usually likes flowers and there are kits available to start herbs and flowers indoors that can later be transplanted outside.

This is even true of the miniature rose bushes they sell in many big box stores. These roses are some of the heartiest available and few things will mess with them, especially Japanese beetles, so it is usually my “go to” if I need a no fuss option somewhere. They are planted in front of my front porch in all different colors and in the summer it is very attractive. Of course, each one has it’s own lavender plant. As I have said in the past for every rose bush, plant a lavender right next to it. You will have the prettiest and healthiest roses in town.

It is so cold today and I noticed when I fed the birds that the ground is frozen hard. So I guess it’s safe to say winter is definitely here for the duration.

Now is the time to trim your trees because they are dormant. That’s just what everyone wants to do in the freezing cold. I pruned our pear tree two years ago in the freezing cold and it was just as big the following year. I dislike cold, so it didn’t get done again.

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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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