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.cowboy
    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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    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.
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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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    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.

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