Gardener's Grapevine 2012.12.12

Written by David Green.

This time of year everyone is so very busy getting ready for the holidays and it just seems to sneak up more quickly than most of us think. I have to be  very organized in thought and actions to accomplish all I want to and work over 50 hours at my paying job.

I love Christmas in all its tackiness and beauty. The fun of it is so worth the effort and with the dreariness of winter I wish it could last longer. When the lights come down after the holidays the drive home in the dark from work is just very blah.

Yesterday after church I decided that the rest of the gifts should get wrapped and it is such a tedious job, made more so by pickiness. So I plopped in a DVD and plopped myself on the living room floor with wrapping paper, ribbon, tape, scissors and a mug of hot egg nog. Don’t say gross if you’ve never tried it. 

My daughter and son-in-law came in and sat on the sofa to visit, thank goodness their presents weren’t out. They both started laughing themselves silly. I looked at them and raised an eyebrow (a little trick from my grandmother’s stores of looks!). They both pointed to the bay window and there sitting on our scaffolding was a fat, and I mean enormously fat, squirrel with his face pressed against the window watching us. It was raining and cold and this little fellow was not even bothered by it. In fact, I think if we had opened the window he would have joined us!

The scaffolding is an eyesore on the front of our house, but we have extensive work to do to the front of our home from the peak down. Since I am getting older and clumsier, if that is possible, I don’t do ladders any more than I have to. We have one that will reach up there, but there is no way I’m climbing it. Putting up the scaffolding is a lot of work and I did not want to take it back down just to put it back up in the spring. If I had known I would have a visitor, I wouldn’t even have considered taking it down. He is a funny little fellow, hope he returns again.

Last year I wrote an article on saving your poinsettias for the following year and how complicated it is. Well, the doctor I had spoke about that does save hers has succeeded again in her endeavors. She has many nice plants, not as full as the greenhouse ones. Hers are very spindly and have a lot fewer leaves, but they are blooming well. I personally don’t think they are worth the bother.

While we are on the topic of Christmas and presents, have you considered giving people on your list who are hard to buy for a live plant or a nice fresh wreath or centerpiece? They last way beyond the holiday and make homes smell wonderful. Also, don’t forget to water your Christmas tree as it is probably on the down side if you’ve had it up a bit.

Remember all the gardeners on your list this holiday and take a little time to enjoy nature. It’s probably looking in your front window right now.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    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.

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