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May 19 2018

May 2018 News from Kruse

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Kruse Garden May 2018

When T. S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month” he was voicing someone who, unlike our fellow gardeners, didn’t want to break out of the doldrums of winter.  However, this year his words certainly applied to us as we suffered through a cold, snowy, rainy month that offered little hope of spring.  Nevertheless, the Kruse crew turned out to start bringing the garden out of its winter sleep.  I was able to join them at the beginning of May to find everything in excellent shape.  Since I am only able to be there occasionally, I concentrated on weeding while the regulars worked on other chores as well.

While pulling up creeping Charlie, my mind wandered back to the early days in the Kruse garden.  We started out with the intention of restoring it to its original state.  We divided the garden into its separate historic areas and asked members to choose one to restore and maintain.  Dick and I chose the iris bed to the side of the path behind the garden shed.  We brought bearded iris from home, planted them and weeded throughout the summers.  Alas, they kept dying out because of the heavy shade from the pear tree.  We started replacing them with Siberian iris, but they weren’t holding up either.  Finally, we started putting in daylilies where we could and bought and planted some Azalea bushes.   About that time, everyone agreed that we weren’t going to be able to actually restore the garden unless the Kruse House board decided to cut down some of the trees.

Having given up on that idea and realizing that those of us still working  were getting burned out, the club decided that we needed to concentrate on planting things that were more easily sustainable and I am amazed at what a great job the new crew of volunteers have done.  They came along at a time when they were needed and saved a project that many of us feared might be doomed to failure.  I’ve enjoyed being able to join them occasionally and suggest that some of you might enjoy doing so as well. Just show up on a Wednesday morning for a few hours and the crew will find something for you to do.

In the meantime, I encourage you to come to our May meeting and see what a wonderful garden we have created.

— Barbara Darrah


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Apr 19 2018

April 2018 News from Kruse

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Spring in Illinois is usually like Spring in the other states in the Midwest. But this year is an exception with cold temperatures and snow. You never know, one day to the next what the weather will be like. It has already caused some changes in our schedule for potting parties but we still have enough time to prepare.

I have always had mixed feelings about Spring. I either like it hot or cold, and Spring has both in no kind of order. I recall a Spring when I was in high school when three of my friends and myself decided to take the morning off. We went back to school during the lunch hour and told our teacher that we had a flat tire and it took us all morning to get it fixed. She smiled and told us that we had missed a test while we were gone, but that she could give it to us right now. She told us to take seats apart from each other and take out a piece of paper. Still smiling she waited for us to get ready. She then said: “First question: Which tire went flat”

Fairy garden photo

Fairy Garden

Those of you who have been to my home know that I have an outside Fairy garden which I have had for about four years. It started out small but over the years it has grown. It has a number of Gnomes and Fairies and tree houses for them to live in. Fairy gardens have become very popular over the years, to the point that they have shows for them with all the latest items a Fairy or Gnome may need. Fairy Gardens have been around since about 1893. The Japanese built  little bonsai dish gardens and their popularity climbed from there. My Fairy Garden was built for my Granddaughter. She helps me keep  things under control, and keep track of the Gnomes and Fairies that tend to wander off. I used to have Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the back of my property. They were nicely painted and made out of cement. As they were so heavy I did not worry about them being stolen. As of today I have Snow White and Dopey, who is broken in half. How appropriate is that? I have found several in my neighborhood but have decided  that since they have relocated on their own I will just leave them there.

We are coming up on our annual Bloomingfest, and things from here on out are going to be very busy. I encourage all members to assist in this event and do whatever they can to help. This is a great way to meet and work with others in the club and get to know them. We have a lot of exceptional members. Remember that helping our club makes our club better. See you at the potting party.




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