When we think of fall color, the first thing that often comes to mind is leaves. Trees alight with brilliant scarlet, orange, crimson and gold. But fall fruits are another, if more subdued source of autumn beauty, and often longer lasting.
CORUNNA — The Owosso Garden Club begins will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Shiawassee St.
Spring flowering bulbs are an excellent garden investment. At a time when the landscapes are shutting down, dormant bulbs are tucked into the ground to quietly grow roots. Plants emerge and bloom in spring, bringing an early start to the gardening season, often well before we can work the soil.
We’ve been blessed with some lovely, warm fall weather, but that first frost has a way of sneaking up on us. If you grow houseplants and tropical plants in the garden during the summer, it’s time to start prepping them to come back in the house.
You may notice vibrant purple, pink, sky blue and white flowers blooming along the roadsides, even after a frost.
We’re in a seasonal limbo between Labor Day’s symbolic end of summer and the official calendar change Sept. 23.
OWOSSO TWP. — The Shiawassee Conservation District is offering a morning nature walk along the Shiawassee River with district forester Chris Worst.
OWOSSO — The Memorial Healthcare Foundation is hosting a mum sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the volunteer parking lot (East of the Memorial Healthcare Auditorium).
CORUNNA — The next meeting of the Owosso Garden Club begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 111 S Shiawassee St.
INDIANAPOLIS — Tate Forbush, the Byron High School FFA leader, was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree.
BYRON — The BYRON FFA alumni and friends plan a pork and turkey barbecue fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 before the homecoming game in the high school cafeteria.
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week announced the following appointments to various committees, including two area men.
OWOSSO — Not a lot of volunteers can say they have devoted more than 19,000 hours over 25 years to a single institution — in this case, a hospital.
EAST LANSING — Branch, Clinton and Kent county youth took home the rank of high individual overall in the Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days dairy management contest.
SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Shiawassee County Fair honored the oldest men and women to attend the fair on Senior Citizen Day, Aug. 7.
Anise hyssop is an outstanding garden perennial.
Yearling and under halter
Walk trot western equitation 17-21
Yearling and under halter
Youth Rabbit Showmanship
Youth Goat Showmanship
SHIAWASSEE TWP. — The Shiawassee County Agricultural Society strives to bring the best county fair to the community and help provide youths with a place to show their talents, the organization says.
The youth poultry showmanship winners at the Shiawassee County Fair were announced Sunday afternoon.
Open Class Crops
Queen of the prairie, Filipendula rubra, is providing a stunning display in the garden this year.
To keep the garden looking its best, and to get the most from the experience, we need to spend time in the garden.
The Shiawassee County Fair royalty court led a parade of semi-trucks through Shiawassee County Saturday night, from the fairgrounds to Corunna, Owosso, back to Corunna and finally the fairgrounds again. Dozens of trucks took part in the evening light parade.
Youth Culinary Arts
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — Organizers at the Shiawassee County Fair are taking extra precautions with the swine exhibits this year, reducing the length of time the animals will be on the fairgrounds amid increased swine flu concerns statewide.
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — The Shiawassee County Fair officially begins Sunday, but with more than 70 semi-trucks set to cruise the streets of Owosso and Corunna Saturday night you might think otherwise, according to Fair Manager Ric Crawford.
Members of the band The Next Generation Leahy dance during their performance Wednesday at the Saginaw County Fair in Chesaning. The all-sibling ensemble is from Canada.
Saginaw County fairgoers get an upside-down look at the Saginaw County Fair on this ride Tuesday in Chesaning.
A pair of parrots show off their colors Tuesday at the fair.
CHESANING — As times have changed, so too has the Saginaw County Fair.
SHIAWASSEE TWP. — When Sue Osika saw on Facebook that Shiawassee 4-H was raising money to install a patio on the west side of its food stand at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, she thought, “That’s perfect.”
I’ve spotted my first Japanese beetle of the season.
Mentioning loosestrife in garden-savvy company can bring glares and scowls.
This season’s weather has been challenging for planting. Frequent heavy rains and cool temperatures made it impossible for many farmers to get into fields to plant and, similarly, for home gardeners to get into vegetable gardens.
Some vegetable gardening has always been about easy, economical access to fresh, wholesome food.
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — Historic rainfall across Michigan has many local farmers grappling with crop and revenue losses, and state and federal agencies are trying to help.
Begonias have become one of my favorite workhorse annuals for the garden.
One of my favorite spring garden tasks is putting together container combinations. And fortunately, it’s still early in the season and the garden centers are well stocked, so the opportunity is not lost.
OWOSSO — There are still seats available for a bus trip sponsored by the Potpourri Herb Guild July 11 to Cherry Point Farm and Market, and Lavender Labyrinth in Shelby.