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.

  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    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.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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