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.

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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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