The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 9
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THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME/GARDEN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1,_1996> A9 T GARDENING Loss of Smiling Jack leaves gardener lonely CHIP II KSU-Saline County Extension Horticulture Agent Gardening, or any work outdoors, gives my life a sense of balance. It makes me feel alive and well. It is a welcome contrast to * my work environment, frequently cooped up in a small, windowless office. My time outdoors gives me needed therapy, but I am the only gardener in my family (I grow it, my wife, Mary, cooks it). At times gardening made me feel lonely. Then came Jack. * Mary saw Jack advertised as a sponsored pet awaiting adoption at the Salina- Saline County Animal Shelter. Jack was a big, muscular dog — a Chesapeake Bay retriever. Mary visited Jack at the shelter and he smiled at her. That was all the proof she needed. Mary told me she had found the dog that was T GARDENER'S GUIDE Cabbage, Cajun okra, and basil top list of veggies Best '97 flowers are zinnia, baby's breath and scarlet celosia By JAMES E. WALTERS The Associated Press Three vegetables, two flowers and one bedding plant are All- American Selection winners for 1997. This is the 62nd year of such awards by AAS, which describes itself as a nonprofit trade group formed to evaluate flowers and vegetables from around the world. The winners will be on sale for spring gardens with this endorsement: "A gardener can rely on the ' superior quality." Vegetable winners are a cabbage, Dynamo, "bred for the smaller family with heads weighing 2 to 2.5 pounds"; Cajun Delight, an okra reaching about 4- feet tall and 2-feet wide, and Siam Queen basil, which reaches 2 to 3 feet with a 2-foot spread. Flower winners are the bedding plant Crystal White, a Zinnia an- gustifolia blooming from May to frost; Gypsy, the first Gypsophila muralis (baby's breath) to win AAS honors, and Prestige Scarlet, a celosia cristata reaching 15-20 inches and providing continuous color in full sun. Crystal White is described as highly tolerant of powdery mildew and other diseases that commonly affect zinnias. Mild flavor in Dynamo Dynamo, an Fl hybrid, is expected to mature in about 70 days from transplanting and, says AAS, "the heads proved to have good holding qualities with less splitting, a mild flavor and resistance to Fusarium yellows." Cajun Delight, also an Fl hybrid, "offers tender immature pods that can be harvested earlier, over a longer time and a much higher yield potential." An annual, it reaches about 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The basil Siam Queen is "an improved tropical basil due to its larger leaves, thicker stems and later flowering. The leaves are highly aromatic. When lightly crushed, the leaves burst with an intense licorice basil aroma." It is described as relatively disease- and pest-free with a symmetrical branching habit. Young shoots should be harvested 45-50 days after transplanting. Grows easily from seed Prestige Scarlet celosia has deep-red blooms about 3.5 inches across and grows 15-20 inches high. It does best in full sun and is listed as easy to grow from seed. Gypsy, the gypsophila, also needs full sun and can be grown from seed. It is listed as easy to grow in containers "and will reward the gardener with finely textured foliage and small one-quarter-inch stellar like pink blooms. .The casual plant habit blends perfectly with popular cottage style of gardening." \, For best plants, look for young f -een 'plants not yet powering nee "these will readily accept ansplanting." Larger flowering plants may be available from garden centers. • The winners are tested at independent judging sites across North America by a judge who donates his services. The winners will be displayed with the red, white and blue All American Selection label. right for me. She was right, as usual, in matters of the heart. Mary is in charge of naming. She named him Smiling Jack Miller. Jack never met anyone he didn't like, unless he found you walking around our house in the darkness. Jack was gentle with our daughter, Bess, who is defenseless against an aggressive dog. Jack even liked other animals. Jack considered it his duty to intercede in disputes between cats. He would even come to the aid of an animal that despised him. like Ezra, our old torn turkey. His main duty, at least in our minds, was to keep coyotes away from the farmstead. He never let us down, and our animal losses dropped to zero. Jack became the perfect gardening companion. He would walk by my side, and always on my left, with his head just below my hand in case I wanted to pet him as we walked through the yard. If I was busy weeding, he left me to my work, resting nearby or patrolling his area of responsibility. He did not dig. Digging is unacceptable behavior for a gardener's dog. He wouldn't soil our yard with his waste, instead taking his leave in the margins of nearby fields. Jack was a retriever. He loved to fetch. He helped us keep the yard picked up. Jack was a big dog. He had the worst set of hips his veterinarian had ever seen. But it didn't stop Jack from run- ning or leaping or being happy. Jack's great gift to us was unconditional love. Our promise was to love and care for him. From a routinely closed and latched workshop, and a package I assumed held no appeal, Jack removed and ate the entire contents. Rat killer! Chunk bait! We didn't realize it was missing. I was out of town at a conference, and Jack didn't appear to be seriously ill. One day after I got home, it finally dawned on us that something was badly wrong. The veterinarian did everything possible, but it was too late. Jack laid his head in my hands, and when his time was done, he turned his head away. Now, the loneliness is magnified. Everyone says, "Don't blame yourself." But my promises are not lightly broken. I would like to find another Chesapeake Bay retriever. 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