Gardener's Grapevine 2013.03.20

Written by David Green.

This past weekend Art and I did something we almost never do: we went to a movie. There are two main reasons we don’t usually do this: one is time, and the other is prioritizing our activities that require going very far from home. When you work a lot of hours in a week it is hard to want to go anywhere on your day off.

We both wanted to see the Great Oz. It was getting very mixed reviews and we were very curious to see what the hubbub was all about. I don’t think there is anyone who has not seen the original Wizard of Oz and when Dorothy comes out of that house to the absolutely beautiful technical land of Oz, she was awed by the beauty after the dullness of Kansas. Well, my curiosity with the Great Oz, which we saw in 3-D, was how they’d handle the transition from Kansas to “color” since Technicolor is way beyond a thing of the past. All I can say is wow! In 3-D the flowers and landscape were jaw dropping. This was a great movie in our opinion.

Needless to say, I am so very in the mood to garden. Hopefully our weather will soon give us some opportunities to get outside and play in the dirt. I spent a little time assessing the state of my beds today and realized I have hosta poking nubs out, and tulips and daffodils also poking out. There are a lot of leaves and debris in the beds, but that’s to be expected. When you live on Main Street, everything blows in and down the road. We have a lot of fencing that catches everything and holds on to it.

I was very surprised to see the plants poking through, as the ground is still frozen less than six inches down. I stuck a pitchfork as far down as I could and it was only about six inches. Our old lab, Kisses, was not impressed at all with being outdoors for any length of time. She is 10 years old and has the opinion that after a little business and a power roll, it is time to go inside for a nap. She sits by the back door and watches me, letting me know with big sad eyes that she doesn’t care what my gardens are doing.

I think in a couple weeks we may be able to put in the peas, if the weather holds.

By the way, it is time to prune the lavender back while it is still dormant, so grab your pruners, some gloves and a wagon and get it done. Just don’t take the lab with you.

  • 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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