The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 6
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A6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11,1996 HOME/GARDEN THE SALINA JOURNAL T THE ANTIQUE DETECTIVE T GARDENING ANNE GILBERT Salman's oak table might bring $2,000 Dear Anne: I am liquidating my aunt's estate, which includes a huge, round, oak table. On the bottom it says "Cowan of Chicago?" What is the age and value? — E.A.R., Salina, Kan. ' Dear E.R.: In 1899, William Kennett Cowan (1869-1928) opened his Chicago shop. While he was known for his fine reproductions of period furniture, he also made pieces popular around the turn- of-the-century — your table, for example. It could sell in a shop for from $1,500 to $2,000. Dear Anne: During World War II, my father was all over the Orient. He had a little "sideline business", shipping home artifacts. I have inherited several and wish to know their value or where to find out more information. One is a blue and white porcelain pillow he found in an old tomb on Okinawa. — K.L., McKingleyville, Calif. Dear K.L.: The pillow is more likely a footwarmer, since it has the opening for warm water. It could be worth several thousand dollars. Send photos to Butterfield & Butterfield, 220 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA 94103, in care of Oriental porcelain expert. Dear Anne: I have two of the original Kewpie dolls that I want to sell. How do I find a buyer? — M.M., Staten Island, N.Y. Dear M.M.: Since your dolls are highly collectible, I would contact the Toy Expert, Sotheby's Arcade Auctions, 1334 York Ave. (at 72nd St.) New York, NY 10021, to get the best price. Dear Anne: We have a cut glass punch bowl and pedestal that dates to around 1900. Where can I find out how valuable it is? — R.P.P., Plainfield, N.J. Dear R.P.: Any personal property appraiser can identify the pattern and evaluate your punch bowl. Look in the yellow pages under "Appraisal Societies". One is the American Society of Appraisers. Dear Anne: I collect old and/or unique chess sets — with or without playing boards. I have several sets I would like to learn more about. Who could I contact? — W.D.W., Austin, TX Dear W.W.: Begin by writing to the Long Island Chess Museum, in care of Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn, P. O. Box 166, Corn- mack, NY 11725. Phone 516-5431330. Dear Anne: This toy horse is made of horsehide, real horsehair tail, and handsewn. The label says "Schwartz Toys". Any background will be appreciated. M.A.S. — Lake Wales, FL Dear M.S.: Your horse pull toy was made around the turn of the century. The clue is the way the metal wheels are placed. Before F.A.O. Schwartz Toy Store became famous, this could have been an early label of the family business. It could sell at a Skinner Toy Auction, Bolton, MA for $500 or more. 357 Main St., 01740. Dear Anne: This looks like a rolling pin with small indented circles. However, the roller is reddish rubber, each of the four sections rolls independently. It is marked, "Punkt auf der Stirn". What is its function? — D.S., Poway, Calif. Dear D.S.: You need to know German humor for this "presentation gift". The rough translation is "point of the head". Like the East Indian Caste mark, it's a status symbol. Because of the volume of mail received, Anne Gilbert, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., does not respond individually to letters but will answer questions of general interest in her column, ff requesting information about a particular object, include as much description as possible. Clear, close-up photographs of the object help but aren't mandatory. Write to Gilbert in care of the Salina Journal, 333 S. Fourth, Salina KS 67401. #1 CHOICE LAWN WINTEHIZER ~[ "ULTIMATE FERTILIZER" AEELY.TO ALL COOL SEASON GRASSES IN 3PPT. & NOV. Farmer'* Coop Wafer's True Value < RALPH WEIGEL Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron Photos by Scripps Howard News Service ABOVE: Birmingham, Ala., resident Sarah Price sniffs herbs from her family's garden. LEFT: Price, 5, hands a bunch of herbs to her mother, Sally, while her baby brother, Lew, plays. Youngsters grow to enjoy gardening Children take interest in yard if allowed to help with chores or make planting decisions By REBECCA TAYLOR Scripps Howard News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sally Price's children don't know the difference between annuals and perennials; they don't know whether a specific plant needs sun or shade. But Sarah, 5, and Temple, 3, are already budding gardeners. No doubt 10-month-old Lew will also begin horticulture training in another year or two. Under her guidance, Price's children have planted and grown radishes and lettuce. They've planted bulbs in the fall and watched them sprout in the spring, and they've planted zinnias for more immediate gratification. They even — willingly — help rake the leaves. The trick to teaching children about gardening — or just about any activity — is to make it fun for them, Price says. Price, of Birmingham, Ala., says that with fall's arrival, children should be included in the season's gardening projects, T HORTICULTURE such as planting bulbs. She suggests planting bulbs in interesting designs, such, as a face of yellow daffodils with a red tulip smile and blue iris eyes. "If your child loves fish, you can do a fish shape. You can do a dinosaur shape also, of course depending on how much room you have," she says. "Over the years, it will fill in a lot. But initially, when the kids are young, they can see it come up." In her family, she digs the holes and the children throw in the bulbs and cover them with dirt. Then they water together. "Granted, those don't come up right away," Price says. "They'll forget about it all winter, and then in the spring you can go back out there and show them, which is a lot of fun." If leaves need to be raked, make a game out of it and let the kids jump in the pile when they're done, she says. She has provided her children with a child-size rake to make it easier for them, but she has found that her children don't always like the smaller tools. "We have bought them before, and they just don't care much about them. They would just rather have the adult than the kids' version," she says. Price says she began teaching her two older children about gardening when they "One big thing is giving them their own area to plant, that they can have control over..." Sally Price avid gardener, mother of three were each about 2 years old. "It happened haphazardly, really, because a 2-year-old will run around and pick all your flowers," she says. "I started just by telling them how to pick them carefully. "A lot of it is just spending time with them and talking to them about how to take care of things and how to pick flowers properly without having to pull the whole plant out." But she gave them an outlet for their destructive tendencies, too. "I have an area that is just pine bark; I just let them go in that area and dig as much as they want," she says: "Kids that age just love to dig." Price says it's important to give children a garden of their own. "One big thing is giving them their own area to plant, that they can have control over and that way they can pick whatever they want to pick," she says. "Of courife, I try to steer them toward things that I w&nt to grow, such as miniature vegetables." For example: "We do their initials in-lettuce. When we plant the seeds, when'they first start coming up, they can see that their initials are coming up." Last year, Price used stakes to plant a teepee of beans and morning glories. "They grow real fast," she explains, "and you get the beans that hang down on the inside, and they can go in there and pick them." Because children have short attention spans, Price selects plants and vegetables that grow quickly. "You can grow and £at a radish within four to six weeks," she says. She likes yellow pears, too, which" she warns the children not to pick until they've turned yellow; then they can eat theiri immediately. • "Oftentimes, they eat them before ;they get in the house," she says. "Kids have a hard time waiting." The family tries to spend every free weekend in the garden, but Price doesn't expect her children to share her devotion. ,; ,' "If my husband and I are out gardening, the kids are out with us," she says. "But their actual gardening time is maybe about an hour a week total." T HOUSEHOLD HINTS Nectar plants attract Monarchs Durable butterflies mate, lay eggs during their migration south While watering my lawn last month, I got an unexpected dividend. The moist soil and adjacent flowers attracted & hundreds of monarch butterflies. These festive throngs gathered each day for a week. I could walk slowly up to groups of monarchs as they fed on the nectar of Boltonia aster- oides. In all likelihood, they were desperate for a good CHIP MILLER KSU-Saline County Extension Horticulture Agent meal and a drink on their arduous journey, so proximity to a big threat like me was probably a risk worth taking. A hackberry tree next to the machine shed sheltered a monarch butterfly on every third leaf. It was a remarkable sight. It rained very hard that night, and I expected to see their dead bodies covering the ground the next morning. None were to be found. I did find one swimming underwater. I scooped it out of the water and placed it on a lilac twig. It dried its wings and flew away. They are so beautiful and seem so fragile that their perseverance never fails to surprise me. But I shouldn't be surprised by their durability and stamina. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plex- ippus) is the only migratory butterfly in North America that can attempt to return north after over- wintering in the south. Most individuals do not complete either one-way trip; but some have been known to depart as far south as Mexico, and reach latitudes north of Kansas. The life cycle of the monarch butterfly typically repeats several times in a round trip. They mate and lay eggs along the way, and their offspring complete the journey, driven by some unknown impetus. The greenish-white or cream-colored eggs, laid singly under leaves, stems or flowers, hatch into larvae which we call caterpillars. Black, yellow, and white stripes go around their bodies, with two pairs of black, antennae-like filaments protruding near their heads and tails. Monarch caterpillars feed on plants of the genus Asclepias, or milkweeds. I grow the native As- clepias tuberosa, or butterfly milkweed, in a flower border. One of my two large plants was about three-fourths defoliated by monarch caterpillars. As the season is nearly over and the plant has bloomed and gone to seed, this File photo A Monarch butterfly rests on a sunflower in rural Bennington. is not a concern. It will return next year without complaint. It served a noble purpose. Not only are milkweeds a source of food for monarchs, they are also good accident insurance. Milkweeds contain compounds known as heart poisons. Some contain large amounts, others do not. Most birds are repulsed by the taste of caterpillars that feed on Asclepias. Experience teaches birds not to make the same mistake twice, so few birds will eat monarch butterflies. The caterpillars pupate for about one month. The pupal case is a stout, lime green cylinder with gold spots and a black band edged in gold. During the pupa stage, the structure of the insect is reorganized. To call the pupa a "resting stage" seems like an injustice. The poor caterpillar must go through a transformation that we can hardly imagine, emerging as a fully developed butterfly. If you want to leave less to chance, and increase your odds of attracting other species of butterflies, moths, and skippers to your garden, provide the following: • A mixture of perennials and annuals, including native plants • Nectar plants (such as marigolds, petunias, and asters) • Plants for larvae (such as tomatoes and herbs) • A sunny location • Shelter from the wind HELOISE King Features • • Clear, drinking straw supports ivy as it grows Dear Heloise: I received a.plant as a gift last year that I keep on my desk at work. As it grows, the ivy portion keeps falling off of the pot and creates quite a bare spot in the arrangement. I felt that a wooden plant stick to keep the ivy up and to also fill in that bare spot would be qu|{fi unattractive, so I put a clear plastic straw in the arrangement, wrapped the ivy lightly around it and it looks super with no "stick" showing. ;:!; You can push the straw as far down into the soil as you wish or raise it as high as need be, arid It is still nearly invisible to anyone Idoking at the plant. — Nancy Monroe, Basking Ridge, N.J. Early Fall Sale 25to33 % Selected Coordinated Groups Choose from a selection of early fall coordinates in misses, petite and women's sizes. * No other discounts apply. * Fall and winter merchandise arrives daily, Stop in and see the new coats, sportswear, coordinates, dresses, sleepwear and accessories in stock now! '.Pfaza Style Shop Mon. Sal. 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Mailing Address: Phone: Send by Oct. 14 io: Miss America Homecoming Tickets c/o Miss Kansas Organization Saturday, October 19 - Miss America Gala Performance BOX 8611 Pratt Community College Pratt KS 67124 9:00 pm~ Ticket Required $10.00 .

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