Gardener's Grapevine 2013.06.19

This past week was so busy in my world I blinked and it was over. This past Tuesday we had our monthly garden club meeting at member Sandy Wheeler’s home. We made flower arrangements for all the businesses in downtown. Every member brought flowers from their gardens to use. They were very nice. None of us are expert flower arrangers except the two members who worked in flower shops. One is my mother-in-law Betty and the other is Sandy Wheeler. Both ladies are extremely talented.

My mother-in-law did the flowers for my wedding and for my daughter’s wedding and they were gorgeous. It’s so awesome to see things that are growing in your yard become a work of art.

While we were at the meeting, we were fortunate enough to be offered a peek at the quilt Sandy made this past winter. Wow, is all I can say. Such beautiful colors and fine stitching. Art and I saw another awesome quilt being made at Sharon Cardinal’s home. She favors what she called civil war prints that are apparently darker shades with tiny prints. I had never heard the term before so I just had to take her word for it. She, too, obviously has a knack for putting fabrics together, as what she had done was very pretty and elegant.

We had a lovely dinner with Cardinals and Johnsons, and the conversation covered many things. One thing that came up was the large fuchsia plant that Sharon has growing beside her garage and how hard it is to keep that plant alive. Mary asked her what her secret is and she said all she does is keep it out of direct sun and protect it in the corner it is in. She gives it a large drink daily that mostly runs straight through, and that’s the extent of the effort it gets. I just marveled at how beautiful it was.

Sharon and Ernie also have the most amazing smelling Japanese lilac in their side yard. Mary Lampe has a French lilac that smells wonderful, also. I never knew there were so many types of lilac. Mary told me the French lilac always blooms later and longer than the normal variety.

Today Art planted the rest of the garden and tilled more area for corn. Breaking up grass with a tiller is never fun; it’s very hard, hot work. We enjoy sweet corn and seems as though we never plant enough.

Our daughter, son-in-law and little Max came over for a cookout after church since it was Father’s Day. It is so much fun having a baby around again. Instead of doing anything, I’d rather relax and snuggle my grandson. I never thought anything could be more relaxing than gardening, but I think I found it in a small 10-pound infant. Today was perfect weather to get the hammock out and just enjoy the outdoors.

If you get the chance to drive around, pay attention to the roses. This has been the perfect year for them and they are beautiful. My climbing roses are loaded with blooms. Be sure to check out Emmons’ dairy farm on 108 outside Morenci, their roses are spectacular as usual.

Also take a peek at the Farquhar residence on East Main Street. They are Garden of the Month and do they ever deserve it with such a beautiful home and landscaping. Anyone with a beautiful garden can be nominated for Garden of the Month. If you see one you think should be considered, contact any Garden Club member and we will notify the committee.