SHORT TAKES: Summer cooler brings relief

By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 11:02 am on Monday, July 29, 2013

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, but it felt more like fall this weekend with highs in the 60s and low 70s. Great weather for golfing and working in the yard without having to worry about bugs. But you had to bundle up to do it.

A look at the extended forecast shows the thermometer won’t peek over 80 degrees again until the end of the first official week in August. Bummer for us folks who enjoy the hot, sunny climate that is more typical of July. But we’ve noticed our plants and flowers aren’t complaining. In fact, they’re booming.

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Which is a great reason for you to mark One Book One County’s free garden tour on Tuesday on your calendar. If you missed Saturday’s Daily News, you might want to stop by and pick one up because you’ll get a flavor about the kind of amazing gardens you’ll see from the front page story about Marilyn and Roy Ferguson’s garden.

Their’s is one of five stops on this self-guided tour, which has been organized because it fits the theme of this year’s One Book One County selection, “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The book is about a young woman who communicates through the use of flowers and their secret meanings.

The five stops on the tour, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., include the gardens of the Fergusons, Julie and Don Momber, Diana Jones, Carole and Gene Weeks and the Flat River Historical Museum.

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If you’re looking for something to do next weekend, consider checking out the Gus Macker 40th anniversary 3 on 3 tournament in downtown Belding on Aug. 3 and 4. It’s a milestone event that originated in founder Scott McNeal’s driveway in Lowell, but was expanded to the streets of Belding, where it really took hold. Guaranteed to be worth the visit.

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