Archive for December, 2014


During our October meeting, Jennie passed around pawpaw fruit. Several of our members took seeds. She sent me photos of the fruit and flowers to post along with some information you will find interesting. I’ve edited the information for blog article:

Judy and Bob Dluzen write a blog, “All Things Green”. One of the posts described the procedure to get pawpaw seeds to grow. Since several of our members took seeds in October from the demo garden fruits, a link to that is included below for you to view. Bob Dluzen was at Monroe MSUE Extension long before her and then was gardener for Tom Monahan of Domino fame for many years. There are several articles you will find interesting on their blog; so browse through it. I’ve added a link on our blog for quick access it in future. Thanks Jennie for the info.

Here is the link to their Blog: http://www.blogsmonroe.com/gardening/2014/12/paw-paw-tree-from-seed/

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Technology in the Garden

2014 is the year that technology hit the garden. I get several architectural posts to my Facebook to explore. This product was one that was introduced this year. It’s called Edyn. I thought that I should share this with all. It was introduced on Kickstarter, a sight where inventors post for funds. This product has been funded and is now available for pre-order purchase. It can change the way we view our gardens. The cost is reasonable. Watch the short video and enjoy what technology is bringing to our garden:


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Jennie sent me the photo, story and calendar to post for Foto Friday. Click on the sentence “Kinsey garden calendar 2015” to open a PDF file for the calendar.

African bromeliad

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It is summer in Tanzania where my brother Erwin Kinsey has a large,
beautiful garden (and goats) that supply great food for his family and
guests as well as employment for a handful of helpers whose wages are
paid from the produce, yogurt and cheese sold in the city of Arusha.
Also lovely flowers they share at church. I want to share this Christmas
gift calendar he sent me of his own photos in that garden. After working
30 years in TZ building the Heifer Project program there, where he
raised three sons, he now works for another charitable org. called Echo
and is expecting his first grandchild any day.

Kinsey garden calendar 2015 (1)

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Here is a great YouTube video to show you how to plant an Amaryllis. Then I’ve selected a few less seen varieties from the internet. These are quite a bit more in cost, ranging from $20-$30, verses the more common one you see in the stores at around $6-$10 a bulb. Typically you will need to purchase these from a grower on-line or nursery. The more common colors you can find in your neighborhood department store this time of year. I choose to post the YouTube video because it has such a great explanation for potting….Enjoy:

Butterfly Amaryllis  Hippeastrum 'Papilio'

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Foto Friday

Jennie sent me this great photo along with information about this tin family origin. What a novel idea

The Tim Family

The Tim Family

I have another photo for Friday from my sister. Can’t recall if I shared
one earlier of her life sized “tin couple” made from stovepipes and
ductwork with faces of galvanized sap bucket covers. She poses them
around her yard doing seasonal activities in appropriate attire. They
sat on tree stumps in an area where wild turkeys came to glean from
under her bird feeders, for example. In the latest photo I was surprised
to see they now have twins! (Emily was a twin and had twins.)
Imagination like this helps us gardeners get through winters. Get out
and enjoy the snow for now, MG friends!

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Happy Holidays from Hidden Lake Gardens
Informative newsletter from Hidden Lake Gardens with photos of the tropical dome renovation and an invitation to it’s opening reception next Monday. Jennie plans to drive up to that, leaving her house at 1:30 pm and has room in her car for passengers.

Don’t miss out on upcoming events at Hidden Lake Gardens.

Click here to view the 2014 winter newsletter:

Click to access winter14.pdf

Happy Holidays
from Hidden Lake Gardens

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A Gardener’s Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the yard,

Not a plant was left standing, the ground it was hard.
The tools were all hung in the garage with care
A well deserved rest now that the garden was bare.

The bulbs were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of springtime danced in their heads,
I in my Snuggie, my husband with our cat
Had just settled in for a long winter’s chat.

When out in the hydrangeas there arose such a clatter,
I dropped my seed catalogs to see what was the matter.
Away to the front door I quickly dashed,
Half expecting to find my yard had been trashed.

When I opened the door, it was suddenly clear.
Here was a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With a little old gardener so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!

More quickly than crabgrass his coursers they came
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

“Now Holly! Now Ivy! Now Daisy and Rue!
On Rose, On Petunia, Fern and Lily too!
To the top of the trellis! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”

So up to the housetop the reindeer they flew
With a sleighful of gifts and St. Nicholas too.

I closed the front door and was turning around
When he slid down the chimney, hitting the ground.
He was dressed all in red, with Wellies on his feet,
And a poinsettia on his cap made him look really neat.

He stood up quite quickly and went straight to his work
With a composter for Cathy, a Dutch weeder for Dirk.

There were asters for Ann, a pine tree for Paul
And a garden design book for use by us all.
Next came a rain barrel. This was for Rob.
And finally, for me, a ginkgo key fob.

Then laying a trowel aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He ran to his sleigh and gave a quick whistle
And away they all flew like the seeds of globe thistle.

But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all gardeners and to all a good night.”

(With apologies to Clement Clark Moore)

(Credit: http://www.hortiholic.com/2011/12/gardeners-night-before-christmas.html)

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