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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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