Gardener's Grapevine 2013.05.15

Written by David Green.

What a great weekend this turned out to be. I came home from work on Friday night to a beautifully mowed lawn, compliments of my son-in-law, Henry. My nine months pregnant daughter is on restrictions until she delivers next Monday due to complications with her pregnancy, so she was enjoying a lawn chair out back in the afternoon sun.

We were surprised with the arrival of our son Nick, home for Mother’s Day from Michigan State where he is staying to work and take classes this summer. Both Jacquie and Nick took me to Schmidlin’s greenhouse to get a Mother's Day gift. It has become our tradition since they were little. Art would take us all to get something when they were little, then as they grew they slowly did it on their own.

One of my favorite memories is of my son when he was still not allowed to go around town on his bike without us. He rode uptown and purchased a very tall lily with his allowance and rode home with it. Talk about a conundrum: Do you give them the devil for disobeying the rules or hug him for the thoughtful gift? That lily is still coming up in the back yard and I still love it and its memory.

A few years back the kids decided they had no idea what I could possibly need in the garden and started taking me to the greenhouse to pick out what I’d like. I really enjoy this trip with my kids. We not only buy my gifts, but we discuss the different plants and decorative items. We look at the seeds and talk about what we like to plant and eat.

This year Schmidlin’s has an area for fairy gardens, and they even have one set up. They offer different items for sale to put in miniature gardens such as trellises, fences, and adorable miniature versions of plants such as mini hostas, cannas, grasses and a few succulents.

My son is one of the few people in our family that has never really cared for gardening. He likes to eat what comes out of it and he did a 4-H project one summer and worked up a small area and put in a little flower garden. Once he got his grade on it he never paid any more attention to it. When we were in the greenhouse this weekend, he was totally fascinated with the fairy garden and decided he wanted to try his hand at it. I have often thought I’d like to try it. So guess what I got as a Mother’s Day gift? Fairy plants and a miniature hosta to start my own garden.

Many people have gotten the bug for fairy gardening, some are very small in little containers and others are large and complicated affairs. Becky Schermerhorn has a large, very interesting fairy garden at her house is so interesting you could sit and look at it for an hour.

When I had some quiet time to myself last night I Googled fairy gardens and what a lot of things came up. One thing that amazed me was the amount of items you can purchase and the cost. There are fairy houses—well, actually fairy mansions—for over $300. Don’t you think that’s a little excessive? I did, and where is the creativity? 

My son is going to make one, and since he lives in a co-op at Michigan State he’s going to call it his Gnome–op and use Gnomes instead of fairies in his garden. Both he and I agree it will be way more inventive to design and build our own houses. If you have a little time to spare, Google fairy gardens and check it out for yourself.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.rover
    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
  • Front.geese
    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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