Gardener's Grapevine

This past Saturday was the Sand Creek art and craft show. There were lots of nice things to see, and too many people in too small a place.

There were a couple of things that caught my eye. One was an old galvanized steel milk bucket  with different clippings, standing upright in it with some stalks of dried berries. It was very attractive and simple with no cost to it. There were stems of evergreen, dried grasses, the stalks of berries, sticks, and some fuzzy dried plant I thought could be plumes from ornamental grass.

Since I wrote last week about using items found in nature to decorate for the holidays, I thought this display was worth mentioning. The second thing that I liked was the greenhouse that was in Blissfield’s craft show. It was at Sand Creek also. They had a large display of wreaths, swags and other evergreen items that smelled divine. You could smell the pine up and down the hallway. Talk about selling a product that sells itself.

Is anyone reading this, sick of leaves? Living on Main Street has always meant that leaves and all manner of debris blows from yard to yard. You can literally clean your yard one day, go to work, and come home to a yard full of leaves. It makes me wonder why we bother cleaning them up and don’t just let them blow on down the road.

I have already been thinking about my gardens for next year and the changes I want to make. My garden catalogs don’t normally start arriving until after the first of the year, but all seed and plant retailers have websites. They usually have a nice amount of new stuff that they will offer for the coming year. I am a sucker for new flowers, while Art likes to try all the types of tomatoes. I like regular tomatoes like romas for canning and big boys for eating. Art likes to plant multiple varieties.

Last week I wrote about making a gift basket for the gardener on your holiday gift list. When I went to church this morning I noticed one of the raffle items for the bazaar is a gardening basket and it has some lovely gardening items in it. This is a new idea for the raffle and it looks like all the items set out to raffle are equally nice. If your interested, anyone who attends the Congregational church  can sell you a ticket or you can purchase them at the bazaar which is always the first Saturday in December.

If you attend the bazaar or just happen to walk past the church, please notice the crabapple tree. It is a very petite tree and is loaded with crabapples. They look very pretty against the grey and brown stones of the church. The female holly bush sits right behind the crab tree, and has it ever  gotten beautiful. Holly in full bloom is very beautiful. This holly was actually planted backwards with the male holly. It should have been out in the front where everyone could admire it, but instead the male is in front and the female is a bit hidden.

As  you all prepare to give thanks this week, remember to say thank you for our farmers who make sure we have what we need to put a beautiful thanksgiving dinner together. Happy Thanksgiving to all.