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.

  • 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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