Gardener's Grapevine 2013.05.22

Written by Steve Lauber.

This week I learned something I never thought I would need to know: you cannot flush dandelions down the toilet. Apparently they refuse to go down and won’t let anything else go down either.

I can start out by saying I dislike dandelions very much, they stress me out. One plant can populate into a hundred in no time. When I see those fuzzy white heads blowing in the wind I feel my blood pressure beginning to rise as I envision them choking out what I really want in my beds. I dislike them so much my husband has turned it into a family joke.

Today when we went to church I walked past the landscaping and groaned, damn dandelions in with the perinnials. Is it a sin to say damn when you are attempting to beautify your church yard? Well, damn damn damn…those things gotta go.

My wonderfully loving husband gave up part of his only day off to help me plant the flowers at the church, and of course get rid of the cursed dandelions. The plants look great, but one has to wonder, does all that mulch really break down? The year before last we put down nearly an entire skid of mulch and most of it is MIA. I know a certain amount gets swept away by various things such as rain, wind and leaf blowers, but there's a lot that is going to need some TLC.

Art and I are two very busy people with less than 20 years until retirement. You would think our ducks would be in more of a row. We both work a lot of hours and work on gardening, home and hobbies the rest of the time.

Tomorrow we will begin a new chapter in our lives, as our first grandchild will be born. He is due to come into this world via surgery, so he is a little more planned than we had thought he would be. We are very thrilled to see our family grow as we all know family is everything and ours is incredibly close.

New babies are a lot like new species of garden plants. We don’t quite know what they will look like and the anticipation is a killer. I have no problem with buying a new type of plant and throwing it in my beds. If it turns out to be a dud or invasive, I rip it out and toss it. I guess they’re not exactly like babies as we have no intention of throwing our grandson out if he isn’t up to snuff in the looks department. As with all families, we will just pray he improves with age. I can write that because both his parents were and are beautiful babies and adults.

I know he will be a keeper.

Hope he likes to garden because this grammie is an outdoors kind of grammie.

This child comes into the world with a lot of people waiting to hold and love him as do many babies. I wish I could feel even a little of that for those damn dandelions. Oh yeah, and if you want to know more about flushing dandelions, the local expert lives on Sims Highway. I heard he’s a pretty good plumber, too!

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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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    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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