Gardener's Grapevine 2012.09.19

Written by David Green.

This day was very upside down. I went to church without my husband which is weird. He is working on his thesis paper to complete his master’s. Unfortunately, when you have a deadline of Sunday at midnight as a due date and you work 50-60 hours a week you are always fighting for time to meet one deadline or another.

I usually do this article after church as I need to use Art’s computer to be able to send it to the editor. I instead am writing this at 8:30 at night. It is probably a good thing, as I went out to see our friends just off Mulberry Road. Anyone from around here knows about the old gravel pit on Mulberry. It’s been an illegal playground for many off-roaders around here for my entire life. Well, not any more. It is now very cleaned up and nice. There are no more trails or rusty gates. It has a pond and on the far side of the pond are rushes.

I have watched the work being done all year long. In the spring I noticed a dark teal color to the pond. Someone had put some kind of chemicals in it for some purpose. I don’t know a lot about ponds and the treatments put in them, but I do know I’ve gotten a huge kick out of watching the rushes turn teal colored. They are fading now, but for most of the summer they have reminded me of being a child.

My grandmother would walk with me down Stateline Road where she lived and we would collect Queen Anne’s Lace from the side of the road. She would put warm water in a vase and add food coloring and in a few hours the flower would be that color. To a kid this was so cool. I just knew I had the neatest, smartest grandmother in the whole world. (Don’t let her know I still feel that way, OK?) As an adult seeing a large area of seven-foot rushes turn color due to dye still fascinates me how it works. My mother-in-law taught me a long time ago that is how many hot house flowers that are used in arrangements get their color. Next time you drive by the old gravel pit take a moment to check out how nice it looks.

Tuesday we had a Garden Club meeting and made cement birdbaths from large garden leaves. I used a huge hosta leaf and can’t wait to see it when it’s dry. We also had a meeting where we discussed our upcoming fund-raiser. All our money goes for one basic purpose, to improve the aesthetics of our fair town through natural purposes. We supply and have planted the hanging baskets downtown, and plant flowers at the park, city entrance sign and library. We also plant trees and donate to civic causes such as the watering systems on the light poles and snowflakes at Christmas.

With all that said, we also encourage people to improve their own property’s aesthetics by purchasing from our fund-raisers. In the spring we sold geraniums and this fall on the 21st we will have a mum sale. If you would like to purchase a beautiful mum to make your home pop in the fall, stop by the old depot on Main Street between 9 a.m. and noon. They are hardy plants (cold tolerant) in eight-inch pots and the plants themselves are huge. They cost three for $15 or $7 for one and if you would like to preorder you can contact Renée at City Hall or Sandy Wheeler by September 19th. I have already ordered mine and you should, too, and think of all the good you are doing in the community.

Our other fund raiser is a nifty new little hoe that works so great for weeding quickly. They will be on display and sale at the plant sale. For everyone who supports our efforts, thank you so very much. We couldn’t do it without all of 

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