Gardener's Grapevine 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

This week as we move closer to Thanksgiving, let’s think of everything in our lives we have to be thankful for.

We still live in a great country with the ability to free think. I am especially thankful that one of my family members made it through a major and serious surgical procedure last week. I am thankful for all the vegetables that were plentiful to my family this summer and are put up in the pantry for winter. I am also thankful for all the people who tell me they enjoy this column. I’d like to say thank you for the support.

With all the things in my life I am thankful for, let’s talk this week about preparing for your day of thankfulness. Most people prepare a big meal or share in one. If you are the gardener in the family or just someone who enjoys a nice centerpiece, it is easy and very inexpensive to make one on your own. I know many of you are saying, “No way, I can’t do that.”

To begin, think about what you have on hand. Do you have candles, a large bowl or a favorite fall figurine? Just about anything can be worked in. Take a tour around your yard to see what you have left such as ornamental grass, sticks, holly bush cuttings, pine cones, thistles, cattails, evergreen trimmed from a tree.

Here are a few ideas:

Take a large bowl, put a pillar candle or candle stick with a tall taper in the middle, fill around the candle with pine cones.

Use a tall vase, a globe from a candle holder or any tall object that can hold something upright and put whatever you are using in the upright container, and mix it up anyway you want. Tie a wire-edged ribbon around the container in a bow. 

Another quick option is to lay some evergreen boughs in the center of the table, tuck pillar candles (they can be different heights) into the boughs randomly and add some pine cones or holly clippings randomly. If you like and can tie basic ribbon bows, tuck some in wherever it suits you.

See even the folks working in a flower shop are putting together what they have as their idea of an attractive arrangement. You have the advantage when it is for your own table in that you don’t have to make it so anyone can carry or transport it. Once you have it like you want, set the table and enjoy. What have you got to lose in trying? You can always ditch it and start over or purchase something. Using what is available keeps you “green” and is a reminder to everyone to be thankful for all you have been given. Appreciating family friends and blessings keeps all of us humble.

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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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