Gardener's Grapevine 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Saturday afternoon finds me sitting at the kitchen counter looking out the window wondering if God just wants his landscaping a mess—it’s hailing. Who ordered this mess? I went to the Garden Club fund raiser and picked up my mums. If you didn’t buy any, boy did you miss some nice ones. They were huge, inexpensive and very hardy. We sold all of them. To all who supported our efforts, thanks. When you look at the flowers around our fair town you can think, I did part of that.

​After the sale, my friend Mary Johnson and I headed out to Pennington’s orchard for some fall goodies. Their prices are very reasonable and they sell the best cider around. Mr. Pennington has been pressing cider his whole life and his family pressed it before him. To say they have it perfected is not over embellishing. The cider this year is extremely sweet. I think it’s due to the drought making more sugar in the apples. The orchard shop is just off 20 going toward Toledo outside of Oakshade on County Road 14. If you’re lucky, maybe Mr. Pennington will be around and tell you about making cider.

​I was looking the vegetable garden situation over and have decided I need to do a little research on squash. Most people grow squash like weeds and I can’t seem to get more than a few each year. It’s kind of discouraging. I’m going to make it my goal to test my soil and do a little reading on what grows great pumpkins and other squash. Maybe my soil is too rich or too lacking in something. I compost constantly so who knows.  Peppers seem to like it, I’ve had an enormous pepper crop this year. The tomatoes don’t voice much complaint either, just the squash. Maybe it didn’t like its neighbors. I planted it by the lima beans and a rose bush and the raspberry patch. I will find out as it puzzles me.  

​The leaf bird baths I told you about last week turned out crazy nice. I really like mine and woohoo another thing to drag out in the spring. I’m sure Art is thrilled. It was a really nifty and easy craft.

While we were at the meeting making the bird baths we viewed the hostess Becky Schermerhorn’s gardens. She has lovely property and she has had the most adorable little group of fairy people come to live there. They have a small community. It reminded me of the book “The Littles” from when we were kids about a family of tiny people. This fairy community has made quite a charming little spot for themselves. Becky’s husband said they are a quiet bunch and Becky does most of the interacting with them.

Becky is a very artistic lady and I can see why they chose to live at her house. I hear fairies are a very choosey little bunch. They also don’t like to discuss their cousins to the north, the Ann Arbor fairies. They are too noisy what with all the Go Blue going on in the fall. (For those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, Google the Ann Arbor fairy doors.) it is my wish that a group of fairies come set up community in my yard, but I think the dog is a big deterrent.

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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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