Gardener's Grapevine 2012.10.31

Written by David Green.

Wow, what a week! Sometimes the world moves so fast you lose track of what day it is and how you got there. We are still learning these crazy computer programs at work to make “patients’ charts and medical care more efficient.” Well, if my work week is any indication, it might be more efficient on the charting level but not in conjunction with nurse time spent or pt time spent waiting!

When Saturday rolled around this week all I wanted was a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, gloves and some time outdoors where nothing is new and everything gets done just as I’ve always done it with hard work and my own hands. There are times when changing the tried and true just isn’t the way to go. I have always started the fall clean-up in one corner of the property and worked my way around until I come back out where I started. When I reach the end, I know every place I cleaned and what I put where for the winter.

I wish I could say that about my computer charting. There are times I put something in and when I look for it I can’t find it anywhere. Thank goodness for that mystical voice on the other end of the phone line at the “help desk” that finds it in the great big black hole that is my computer memory.

I try to think of my computer like my gardening. The shed (computer) has shelves (computer files) and everything has a place so that I can come back in the spring and find it where it always is, I hope. Except sometimes you put your pots and statuary in the neighbor’s shed thinking it’s your own. Thank goodness I don’t really do that or I wouldn’t have anything left to garden with.

While cleaning up the yard I trimmed back the ornamental grasses. If you have ornamental grasses you are aware that they like to spread all over. The wind blows the dried seeds everywhere and once they take hold you have a mess that is hard to remove. I love to see the grasses in the winter but the winter winds will be spreading them everywhere. So here come the hedge clippers, and sorry city workers, there will be more at the curb.

The yard looks so clean but so bare after the clean-up. Would we ever have a huge yard if I didn’t have such a gardening fetish! But darn it, I love fresh tomatoes and pretty flowers and when the gardening catalogs come I will once again be drooling and planning for next spring. 

  • Cecil
    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.
  • Front.fireworks
    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.
  • Front.rock Study
    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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