Dad's Tree: A young tree blown over by this week's windstorm.
My dad’s newly planted memorial tree was blown over. It was planted in January and without a good root system, it could not take those hurricane winds this week.
Of course, as a master gardener I knew that I needed to stake the tree but alas it is hard to remember that in the still of the winter days.
I did put a tarp over the roots so they would not dry out in the wind and when my husband got home it was like magic, the wind died almost completely right before the rain.
We pushed the tree upright made sure it was plumb (looked at it from all four directions) and replanted it. Yes, we did stake it with heavy rope this time. A strong wire, heavy cord or rope will work. A thin rope or twine will not be enough if your tree is medium to large size.
Garden hoseWe cut a piece of garden hose and slid it on to the rope, where it would be located right around the “V” angle of trunk then drove stakes in the ground to secure it. The rope was taut but loose but not too loose.
How to explain…..enough for the tree to grow some and not cut through the bark of the trunk, an example is: be able to put your thumb between the hose and the trunk. The tree will want wiggle room. Daddy’s live oak should do well since we got 3.73 inches of rain on Monday. (Click read more below for full post).
Iris at Community Center
As a Parker County Master Gardener and a Tarrant County Master Gardener, with 2 gardening acres in Deer Creek, a host of children with flower beds, and designer and caretaker of the front entrance to Deer Creek subdivision, I have somewhere to garden every day.
I also landscape a homeless shelter, Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, as a Tarrant County Master Gardener.
This makes me very busy but very happy.
I am a new transplant from the city, as the old-timers in Aledo call anyone that did not grow up here in this area.
Rolf, my husband, moved here in 1988 and I came in 1990. We used to eat at the Pete’s Deli most weeks and I would hear the comments from the old-timers about how the new comers were ruining East Parker County.
Rolf and I began trying to make ourselves accepted by them by doing our best to beautify the area as much as possible and I think we have done a really good job.
When our daughter was in 5th grade, I planted trees at Vandagriff Elementary School and met with the principal to plan some landscaping.
Purple Iris at Community CenterAlso, at the request of various teachers, I planted trees with the children attending McAnally when it was first built. Spent one whole summer watering trees, but in 1998 the drought got them. Made me sad and made me mad.
I had bought a water hose to place by the school building but I don’t think anyone watered the whole summer. My husband Rolf says I should not run around and water every tree in Parker County – but I want to when I see them in distress.
I did some consulting work at various subdivisions to design their front entrance. Residents saw the handiwork at Aledo City Hall property and wanted my input.
It makes me happy to drive by now and see the plantings still going strong and making an impact on a nice neighborhood. My observation is nice people like to garden.
I was one of the 12 that started Parker County Master Gardeners. We are called the “Dirty Dozen.”
Aledo was started as a project for us in 1998. Actually before that, I was a 4-H horticulture volunteer teacher and we built the flowerbeds around the community center as a project.
As a master gardener, on Wednesday morning, we take care of those same beds.
If you look close you will see the lilacs blooming right now. Joe King’s mother planted those when that was their home place very many years ago.
The lilac that is blooming in the newly built berm was transplanted to make way for the road that is going to be built this year, coming right down the middle of city hall property. We moved the lilac in January so I figured it would go into shock and not bloom this year but I think it is doing better than it did last year. Wonderful.
At Aledo Community Center, the iris are starting to bloom – the white pops out first, then the many different colors appear, staggering the blooms so that the iris bed blooms for about 2 months in the spring.
These irises are donations from all the residents around East Parker County that wanted to share with us when we built the bed that is to the west of community center.
One good story: a lady was smoking a cigarette and standing in the iris bed one morning as I drove by. I stopped to see what she was doing in our very blooming bed.
She said she figured that the property was public, she assumed it would be okay to get some beautiful iris and take home to plant for herself.
Stealing iris, you got to be kidding! I was in such shock to have that happen I simply told her that I had planted them for all the residents to enjoy, not just her.
She left in a huff, cigarette smoke billowing out of the car window and took her new irises, blooms and all as I stood in the parking lot with incredulity on my face. I suppose that was the ultimate compliment.
I will blog what is going on at Deer Creek front entrance, Aledo city hall and the community center, plus any horticulture news that I think you will enjoy.
Parker County Master Gardener
Tarrant County Master Gardener
Iris blooming outside the Community Center.
Here's some fun activities that won't break the bank.
Chilis Kids Eat FREE
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Boo Rays-Fort Worth HWY
Kids Eat for ONE PENNY
Mondays & Tuesdays
St. Patrick’s Day at Kids Club
Thursday, March 8
Everyone’s invited to Hulen Mall to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when Kids Club presents Top O’ the Mornin’, a salute to all things Irish. The gathering will be oh-so much fun with a wee bit o’ singing and dancing, maybe a tale or two and, of course, a charming craft to make and take home. Watch out, maybe there will be a leprechaun or two hiding about.
Kids Club starts at 11 a.m. on the lower level in Center Court near the Play Area and lasts 30-45 minutes. There’s no fee for Kids Club and reservations are not required, but adults are asked to sign up little ones at the event. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with children. Adults who are bringing five or more children are asked to call Fara Reid at (817) 294-1205 x7021 so that club organizers will have a giveaway for every participant.
Spring Break Ideas
Fort Worth Zoo
Wednesday half-price day
Pricing Parking $5
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
IHOP Pancake Day Celebration
National Pancake Day means FREE Pancakes for you!
You will get a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.
Kids are bringing home report cards Friday, March 2nd
So I have called around to the businesses in our area and here are some that will reward our kids for A/B Honor Roll and get FREE items March 2-9
McDonald-Willow Park- free ice cream
Brookshires-Willow Park- Free cookie from the bakery
ATA Karate- Willow Park-2 week free trail
CiCi’s Pizza- White Settlement- Free Kids Meal
Avon is offering an end of February sale
Buy now and receive 10 percent off any purchase of $25 or more at Avon. There is a lot of cute stuff out right now, and it's a great time to buy. Give me a call at 817-881-1867
The movie rental boxes are offering 1 free game night rental from 2/26-3/1 if you order the game online!
Spring Break Wonders
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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Love is in the air this month with a lot of free Valentine’s-related activities for the kids.
Valentines keepsake box
Home Depot Kids workshop
9 a.m.-12N, Saturday, Feb. 4
Designed for kids ages 5-12, the workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
For more information or the location nearest you, visit www.homeimproverclub.com/kidsworkshops
Drawing from the Collection
Modern Art Museum
2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5
This exciting gallery program for children between the ages of five and 12 is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the collection.
Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils or purchase materials in The Modern Shop.
Attendance is limited. A sign-up sheet is located at the front desk; early arrival is encouraged. www.themodern.org/children
Modern Art Museum
4-4:45 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 8 & 15
This program for families with young children is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department.
Both the tour and project focus on a few works in the Modern's collection.
I am writing this message to let our subscribers know that you will probably not receive your paper in the mail this week until Saturday.
The United States Post Office in Aledo has implemented a new system that caught us off guard this week. I was informed two weeks ago that under the new system, we would not be able to mail our papers after 4 p.m. on Thursday. When our papers arrived at the post office at about 3:30 yesterday, the post office refused to accept the mailing because it was after 3 p.m.
This is yet another in a growing list of new procedures over the last year that make one thing entirely clear: the post office does not want our business.
An item is on the agenda for the Willow Park City Council's Monday, Nov. 15 agenda regarding the city's official newspaper of record. We anticipate that at that time, the city council will vote to change the city's newspaper of record from The Community News to the Weatherford Democrat. We will attempt to have the following statement read into the record during the discussion of this issue. However, it is unclear whether the statement will be allowed, so we put it here for the historical record.
For more than 15 years The Community News has proudly served the residents of Willow Park, working harder and longer than any other news source to bring news and information about the city to its residents.
Special Commentary from publisher Randy Keck:
This commentary is a highly unusual event for The Community News, but under the circumstances I felt that this information needed to be sent out before the next issue of our newspaper goes to press.
If you talk to Willow Park City Administrator Candy Scott, you may see bus tire treads running up and down her back. Another newspaper has been reporting stories that place the blame for Willow Park’s current budget problems squarely on her shoulders.
It is not the purpose of this commentary to critique the way our competitors handle their reporting; nor is it to delve into the reasons for Willow Park’s financial mess. But there is information you, as readers of either or both newspapers, should know.