Gardener's Grapevine 2013.05.01

Written by David Green.

Rain, rain go away, because I’m already sick of mowing the lawn. I was afraid this week we were going to have to rent a tractor and hay mower. It was all our mower could do to cut the lawn, while last week it wasn’t even completely green yet.

As I write this, Art and I are taking a little road trip to Whitehouse, Ohio, to see some friends. All the spring flowers are in high  bloom, which is a little surprising since we had such cold weather last week.

We passed a house in Assumption that has a large landscaped bed out front and it was ringed all the way around with purple hyacinths, and planted behind and staggered between the hyacinths were bunches of daffodils in a bright, sunny yellow. Quite a stunning display. I love the flowers in the spring but rarely think about them when it’s time to plant them in the fall. Therefore, we have very few spring flowers at our house.

Has anyone noticed their butterfly bushes leafing out? They really shouldn’t be as it’s too early. They should wake up about the same time as the Rose of Sharon bushes. All three of my butterfly bushes have leaves on them and I find it odd. The Rose of Sharon, which we have an entire fence row of, are still dormant. My hydrangea is also leafing out. That is one plant I think is absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t matter what color or type they are, I love them all. I feed them acid, but not in abundance as I really don’t care if the flowers are blue or pink.

Our magnolia tree is blooming again, but that is suppose to bloom when the spring flowers do so it is right on time. We have the strangest magnolia. It looks more like a bush than a tree. It will have a huge showy bloom in the spring and then continue to bloom sporadically with a few blooms until fall. It is not supposed to do this, but who am I to complain? I will take any kind of flowers anytime even from an identity challenged tree that thinks it’s a bush.

The raspberries have just gone crazy in the last week. They are covered in leaves and the new volunteer shoots are about four inches tall. I know someone down south who would like some raspberry plants so I’m going to try shipping some to them. I thought if I wrap the starts in wet paper towel and put them in plastic bags they might make it. What’s to loose in trying when the plants are free?

The raspberries we grow are the big, fat, red variety and they produce early summer and late fall. We also have a few heritage raspberries which are small and black and produce once a year. They are both good, but mixed together they are excellent. I can't wait to bake a pie or make some crisp. This extra long winter needs to go away and let spring take over.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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