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t Page A6 The Sentinel December 19, 2012 FRo  CoUiLL COMMi A GARDEN UPDATES COQUILLE: Coquille Community Garden is located at 180 N. Baxter, and the mailing address is POB 165, Co- quille, OR 97423. Contact: Dawn Brittain at (541) 396- 1793 or; and website COOS BAY: Ladybug Landing is located at 8th and An- derson. Contact: Renee Blom at (541) 269-7468 , ; website www.socoastcom- LAKESIDE: Harmony Garden is located at 915 N. Lake Rd., next to the Lakeside City Hall. Contact: Aaron Richards at MYRTLE POINT: Earthworm Acres is located at 448 Maple. Contact Heather Lilienthal at (541) 572-5263 ext. 242 CHINESE LANTERNS IN THE GARDEN by Dawn Brittain Back in the seventies, my former mother-in-law gifted me with a mass-produced strand of plastic, multi-col- ored Chinese lanterns. Proudly, I draped them along the clothesline in my undersized backyard, and enjoyed their il- luminating color as night fell. The essence of that gift has carried on throughout the decades, and today I keep papery Chinese lanterns on the railing of my deck stairs to l!ght the way at night. But Chinese lanterns are not just for illumi- nating the darkness. This year I grew Chinese lanterns (the plant) in my garden for the very first time. Jennifer Golden from the Mountain Homestead gave me a full-grown, producing, potted plant. I received this gustatory gift late in the season so I kept it in its container, watered it well, and moved it into the greenhouse. I have been enjoying its pineapple-cit- rus fruits for the past few months. In the Midwest Chinese lanterns grow as wildings in vacant lots, alleyways, and where lawns are not kept tidily short. As the fruit forms it is encased within a greenish husk, hence its resemblance to Chinese lanterns (the hang- ing lights). Upon ripening the husk will turn yellow, then dry to brown when fully ripe with an enclosed, orange fruit about the size of a marble. I knew them back in my Chicago days as Groundcherries, aptly named because when ripe they drop to the ground. They are also called Cape Gooseberry because this plant was grown in South Africa at the Cape of Good Hope in the early 1800's. Groundcherries are three feet tall, herbaceous plants in the genus Physalis which is part of the nightshade family (Solanaceae - relatives of potatoes, tomatoes, and tomatillos. They are annuals in temperate regions and perennials in the tropics, tolerating poor soil and easily grown in containers. The flowers resemble those of tomato plants, but they are a paler yellow and the center of the bloom is brownish/purple. Last night the temperature in Coquille was a nippy 33 degrees, yet when I went out to check the greenhouse plants, my Groundcherry was unaffected. In fact, I counted 15 opened flowers and I ate one ripened fruit. How can ground cherries be utilized? Well, I know of a number of ways, but this fruit seldom makes it past the grazing phase during harvest. They are wonderfully delight- fill when eaten fresh, but they can also be dried, baked, or made into jam. They will keep for about three months in the husk after harvest, if you can get them to last that long! Writer, Erskine Caldwell It's the birthday of writer Erskine Caldwell, born in Moreland, Georgia (1903). His father was an itinerant Pres- byterian preacher, and Caldwell lived in a series of poor rural communities in the South. He said: "I could not be- come accustomed to the sight of Children's stomachs bloated from hunger and seeing the ill and aged too weak to walk to the fields to search for something to eat. In the evenings I wrote about what I had seen during the day, but nothing I put down on paper succeeded in conveying the full meaning of poverty and hopelessness and degradation as I had observed it." Caldwell published his two most famous books back to back: Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933). Both were stories of destitute Southern workers -- Tobacco Road was about sharecroppers, God's Little Acre about mill workers. Both books were sexually explicit and full of pro- fanity, and were widely condemned and banned across the South. Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone With the Wind, criticized Caldwell (and William Faulkner) for sell- ing a vision of the South that Northerners wanted to read. God's Little Acre was banned in Boston, and the Georgia Literary Commission recommended that anyone caught reading it be sent to jail, but it be- came one of the best-selling books of the 20th century. Caldwell's books have sold more than 80 million copies. His other booksinclude We are the Living(1933); You Have Seen Their Faces (1937), with his second wife, Life photographer Margaret Bourke-White; A Place Called Es- therville (1949), and With All My Might (1987). The Way I See It by Mike Kelly I hadn't intended to write about pruning roses but the anonymous article in last week's Sentinel drove me to do so. In the article, supposedly by a Pacific Northwest writer, it stated adamantly not to prune roses before the last threat of frost, which could be into April. The PNW is an extremely large area composed of at least five states, with all sorts of different climates. Wherever the location of the writer is, could mean not to prune until that late, say like Montana. In our area, the maritime PNW, and in particular Coos County, April is far too late to prune roses, if you expect to get the most from your bushes. As I have stated in past articles, I try and get my roses pruned anytime after Christmas, and lots of years the job is done by New Years day, and always by the end of January. Consider that this appears to be one of those winters, like many, where roses never go dormant. Mine are still lush and making new blooms, though sometimes the blooms get the old gray mold, botrytis, and don't open. These plants are ac- tively growing, still, not at summer's rate, but still growing. Their energy is being used in this growth, energy produced by the leaves and stored in the roots and canes. Better for it to be used for new growth this early spring or late winter, than be used now, when the plant is not making as much re- placement energy. Frost has little to do with next summers blooms. By pruning soon, and removing any leaves still on the plant after pruning, the rose will go serhi dormant. Growth will resume when climatic conditions are right, whether it is before the last frost or not. True, new and tender growth can be damaged by frost with temperatures around 30 degrees or less, but to damage the plant itself requires tem- peratures getting into the mid to low teens, or even colder, depending on the genetic makeup of the variety. If the rose isnTMt pruned, new growth will resume at the same time as the pruned plant, and if it is killed by frost, more new growth will emerge. The plant will be weakened far less than if it is allowed to continue growing throughout the winter. Roses pruned in the next month or so can be close to blooming by early to mid May, and some miniatures will bloom even earlier. .... but not if they aren't pruned until April. Late season frosts usually have very little time when the temperature is actually below freezing, and probably will not do any damage. As far as winter pruning opening the plant up to disease, our common rose diseases are dormant now, not becoming active until temperatures are consistently above 55 degrees and the leaves are wet for from four to eight hours. Black spot overwinters in the canes, as does our most serious and destructive disease, downy mildew, so seal- ing the canes where pruning cuts are made does nothing to protect or prevent these diseases from becoming active when conditions favor their awakening. This is when the spray program also begins. If you have a problem with cane borers, not prevalent but it does happen in some warmer gardens, es- pecially if blackberries are nearby, then sealing the pruning cuts with plain old Elmer's glue is quick and easy, as well as effective. Editor's note I have followed Mike's formula for rose health for the last three years and have never had such great success. Thank you, Mike I III II I I II i i i iiiii I I i II I Master Gardener training sign-up deadline extended Residents interested in becoming Master Gardeners can still sign up for the Oregon State University Extension Ser- vice's Master Gardener training which begins January 10, 2013, in Myrtle Point. OSU professionals and local experts will offer research based information that may help gardeners, or wanna-be gar- deners, increase their gardening knowledge and enjoyment. The classes, held every Thursday, Jan. I0 through March 14, cover a variety of topics from botany, entomology and plant identification to soils, pruning and composting. Students will also receive a copy of EM8742 Sustainable Gardening: the Oregon and Washington Master Gardener Handbook, and de- tailed handouts each week. To become an OSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer, each student must attend the training sessions, pass an open- book exam, and volunteer 60 hours of service to the commu- nity through a variety of fun, educational programs from the end of the training until October 31 st. Cost of the 10-weektraining is $150, $50 of which is re- funded upon completion of the program requirements. Pay- ment can be made by credit card. Checks sent with applications will not be deposited until the training begins on Jan. 10th. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. But class size is limited, so inter- ested persons are encouraged to act now. Packets can be picked up at the OSU Extension Service in the Ohlsen-Bax- ter Building, 631 Alder Street in Myrtle Point, or by calling 541-572-5263, ext. 299.. A downloadable copy of the applica- tion packet is also available at THE DOWNTOWN EMPORIUM THE UPTOWN EMPORIUM OPEN DAILY UNTIL 7PM Atiques, Vintage, Collectibles & New Where the Past meets the Future OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE A Gift Certificate is ALWAYS a good choice/ 541-396-5515 290 N. Central BIvd-Coquille-OR OBT00rUARXES Blanche Irene Allen February 13, 1920 - December 11, 2012 Blanche Irene Allen, 92, formerly of Coquille, passed away peacefully De- cember 11, 2012. Blanche was born in Winslow, Arkansas, on Fri- day, February 13, 1920, at home to Daniel and Mary (Reedi Parrish, 1 of 8 chil- dren. She along with her other siblings learned all about hard work by helping on the farm, whether it was working in the fields, milk- ing cows, or helping in the " house, their parents had plenty of help. Blanche met Hoit Allen through her sister, Ilora, while visiting. They married January 11, 1942 and moved to Heber Springs, Arkansas, where they had their first child Joyce, on June 11, 1944. Hoit, having only one hand, had difficulties finding work, and soon Blanche and he learned of work available in Oregon and moved to Riverton, near Coquille in 1951. With the move also came his brother Ovel, and wife Ilora, Blanche's sister, and their 2 children. Blanche loved gardening and canning, and canning or freezing, as well as quilting. She also loved camping, when you could get her there. Sometimes she would drag her feet, but after she got there she loved it. When they had their R. V. she wanted to stay inside and play Rummy or scrabble, in which Blanche was known for her 3 letter words. Blanche was a woman of family and was very loyal to her church, reading her bible daily. She could nearly quote you a verse and tell you where it was, and remained a mem- ber of Coquille Church of Christ since 1951. She had a long life, and left this world to go home to God, Hoit; infant sons; grandson, Matthew Gubbels; sisters, Annie Henson, Ilora Allen; brothers, George, Clyde, Perry, and Phillip; and her parents. Blanche is survived by, her daughter, Joyce (Frank) Gubbels, Silverton; grandchildren: Dennis (Melissa) Gubbels, Silverton, Sherri (Ryan) Hansen, Oregon City, An- thony (Shannon) Gubbels, Silverton; great-grandchildren, Cody, Dustin, Nate and Jenna Gubbels, Wyatt and Abby Hansen, Ethan, Zach and Ashlynn Gubbels; and brother, Oran Parrish, Fayetteville, AK. Graveside services took place on Friday, 12/14, at Myr- tle Grove Memorial Gardens in Coquille. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel. Johnny James Knight August 16, 1932 - December 15, 2012 Johnny J. Knight was born on August 16, 1932 in" Pawnee, Oklahoma to Bill and Josephine (Storm) Knigh[. He died December 15, 2012 at his home in Arago with his family by his side. He married Virginia Lois Edgmon on June 19 1953. He is survived by his wife Lois; daughters, Mary Knight, Thresea and husband Steve Redmon; sons, James and wife Flora Knight and Johnny Knight. Grandchildren, Shilo and husband Bill Biegel; Joseph Sullivan Jr., Sean and wife Heather Sanborn, Cory and wife Tonya Sanborn, Elizabeth and husband Robert Gutierrez and Katie Knight. Great Grandchildren, Derek and Deven Biegel, Nicholas and Aubry Sanborn and Adelai Sanborn. Brother, Glen Knight. Johnny is preceded in death by his parents, son, Jerald Knight; brothers, Clovis and Bill Knight and sister, Georgia Finley. At his request there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service - Coquille Chapel, 541-396-3846 I I EVENT: World Peace Meditation 12-31-11 The Annual World Peace Meditation will be commemo- rated on Monday, December 31 at 4:00 A.M. at the Unity of Bandon Church. The World Healing peace meditation was' initiated by John and Jan Randolph-Price in 1986 and has been continued as an annual time of prayer and meditation by millions of people of all faiths worldwide. It is believed that if enough people join together to think and pray about peace and harmony, this will become reality for our planet. This vigil for peace and world healing occurs at 12:00 noon, Greenwich Mean Time which translates to 4:00 A.M. Pa- cific time. This non-denominational time of meditation is open to the community. This event will be facilitated by Rev. Robin Haruna, Unity of Bandon's minister and includes a candle lighting service for World religions. "This is a unique time for peo- ple of the South Coast of Oregon to focus on world peace and planetary healing. From our small community, we can focus our peaceful energy and prayers for the spread of peace in every comer of the world." All are welcome to at- tend. Due to the early hour, dress is casual. For more infor- mation call (541)347-4696. EVENT DATE 1-06-2013 "White Stone Service" Unity of Bandon will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year with a "White Stone Service" at 11:00 A.M. on Sun- day, January 6, 2013. This service is based on the ancient practice of prisoners being given a white stone when they were released from captivity. Participants will be given the opportunity to write "a letter to God", focusing on their vi- sion for the coming year. This letter will be held in prayer at Unity of Bandon over the next twelve months and then returned to the participant next December. The white stone . is significant in Scripture in that a person who has over- come or conquered something is given a white stone on which to mark the new beginning. This is a very positive and meaningful way to begin the New Year with a fresh start and all are welcome to attend. Youth education is pro- vided during the service.