From The Desk Of Bill Varga

Have you noticed the bright red to red orange rosehips adorning our Wild Rose (Rosa woodsii) this year? Yes, fall color doesn’t always need be associated with the dramatic color change in our mountains. For sure I’m not down-playing the riot of fall color associated with our Big Tooth Mountain Maples. Our Wild Roses are just close at hand! Well, make some rose hip tea then. Boil some water and pour over fresh rose hips. Use a ¼ to ½ cup hips to 1 cup water. Seep for 10-20 minutes and strain any pulp from your brew. The fresh tea could provide up to 75% of your daily value of Vitamin C along with lesser values of other daily vitamin needs. The plant is also getting something out of hip development. Rest! Yes, the time is near for a break. Slow down and prepare. So, in your garden stop deadheading or pruning your ornamental roses. Breathe, let mother nature take her course, but don’t quit caring. Slow the regular watering, water deeply, but less frequently. If fall and winter rain is below normal, consider an occasional drenching, this is especially important with one or two year old landscape additions. Be in tune and go with the flow!

Puns & Portmanteau’s

Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

Lasterday: Any day before today.

Left Bank: What the robber did after his bag was full of loot.

Misty: How golfers create divots.

Mosquito: An insect that makes you like flies better.

Mouse Potato: The on-line, wired generation’s answer to the couch potato.

Onosecond: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake.

Paradox: Two physicians.

Parasites: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Percussive Maintenance: The fine art of whacking an electronic device to get it to work again.

Perfect Pitch: What it is when you throw a banjo in a dumpster and it didn’t hit the sides.

Pharmacist: A helper on the farm.

Phonecrastinate: To put off answering the phone until caller ID identifies the caller.

Polarize: What penguins see with.

Primate: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV

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