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A few Father’s Day gift ideas for those playing catchup

Among the major holidays, Father’s Day ranks way up there at Casa Bogeyman.

The definitive list might go something like this:

1. Christmas

2. Birthday

3. Tax Refund Day

4. Father’s Day

5. Hug-A-Bear Day.

The last one comes each November and makes the Top 5 because we don’t have a bear, which officially takes ol’ Bogey off the hook for that day.

But to be sure, Father’s Day has a special place in the golf community as a whole and for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a sports activity a father and his kids actually can participate in together. And it usually isn’t very long before the kids get the best of it.

The other reason is more self-serving. Fact is, Father’s Day kind of sneaks up on most of us. To that end, golf provides the ultimate “get out of jail” card. When you are lost, out there without a gift-giving clue, look to golf for your salvation.

A lot of dad’s dig golf and they dig golf stuff. So to help out n these waning moments, here’s a few golf-related Father’s Day ideas for those playing catchup:

First Crack

Basically, there are two things fathers like to improve, one is their physical well being and the other is their golf game. Back Neck Care Center of Sunset Hills has a Father’s Day special of $49 for an introductory evaluation and treatment that might accomplish both.

Dr. Tobin Lingafelter has the rare qualities of being a chiropractor and teaching golf professional. He can help manage your pain, in either of those categories. Call 314- 842-8884 for the information.

Need The Eggs

The new Wilson Staff Duo golf balls recently were hot-listed by Golf Digest. It is the lowest compression (40) ball on the market and claims to be for players “who are seeking distance and accuracy.” There just might be a few dads that fit that description.

As a bonus, Wilson recently launched the high visibility yellow version of the ball, which looks good in landscaping if you put one near the clubhouse. In addition, you can have these golf balls personalized for good ol’ pops.

They go for $19.99 at Dick’s Sporting Good, Golf Discount, Pro Am Golf and other such stores.

Go big or go home

If you’re going for a “wow factor,” a golf trip to French Lick hits the hole. A 3 ½ hour drive from St. Louis, the resort in French Lick, Ind. is a hidden gem that features two top-notch hotels and three spectacular golf courses, including the Pete Dye Course, the Donald Ross Course and the new Sultan’s Run Golf Club.

The resort, which also has a casino, has a number of golf packages, including one for Father’s Day weekend. If I may be so old, excuse me, I mean bold, ol’ Bogey might suggest the “Double Play,” or a getaway for two.

The package includes overnight accommodations at French Lick Springs Hotel, a day of golf at The Donald Ross Course and a day on Sultan’s Run. The prices start at $239 per person, per room based on double occupancy. You can add an overnight stay and day of golf for an additional $150 per person.

Smartphone video holster

The MVP Sport Smartphone Video Holster captures your swing on video using your iPhone. You can shoot video and review instantly, upload to the internet, email, or watch on your computer screen.

It doesn’t get any better, no matter how you look at it.

This baby works works with your phone’s front and rear camera and shoots in portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) mode. Bogeyman suggests vertical, it will make you look thinner.

The gadget sells for $16.95 at Golf Discount and other places.

Tom Watson’s Lessons of a Lifetime Instructional DVDs

A two-DVD set produced by the eight-time major championship winner, it provides 44 lessons averaging 4 minutes each of comprehensive instruction. In a recent survey – conducted by Tom Watson Productions – 93% of those polled said the DVDs improved their game. Another 78% said the DVDs were the best instruction program they had used.

Keep in mind, it wouldn’t take much to improve ol’ Bogey’s game. Pretty much any instruction might be beneficial, even directions from the parking lot.

But for $49.95, this has potential. A number of stores carry it, including Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Club Fitting

The big fella deserves a lot better than those 1979 Walter Hagens. There’s no better way to get dad up to speed than a proper club fitting. Almost all the golf outlets in town offer a driver fitting for less than $100. It gets a little pricier as you start going through the bag.

One suggestion is to call John Kelly. He was a club fitter before it became hip to be a club fitter, and has been recognized as one of “America’s Top 100 Club Fitters” by Golf Digest. Kelly handles almost all the manufacturers, and then some. He does club repairs, adjustments, etc.

For an appointment, you can reach John Kelly at (636) 349-1123 or

Drive for dough

TaylorMade essentially has taken over the equipment world. After all, when you can sell people on a white driver, which the company did last year, you can make it rain.

While white was right for a lot of people, the company is now introducing an all-black version of the R1 driver. It features the same technology contained in the original white R1, including 168 possible adjustment settings, a 12-way adjustable hosel and a sole plate that facilitates seven face angle adjustments. This thing might even make Julienne fries.

The black R1 costs the same as the white, $399, and should be arriving in various stores this week, in limited quantities.

Like a glove

SensoGlove is a golf glove with built-in sensors that constantly read grip pressure. Purportedly, practicing with it will teach you the correct grip pressure for a consistent swing, which of course leads to greater distance, accuracy, lower scores … you know the rest.

Light grip pressure is something that gets talked about a lot, but it’s tough to identify exactly what it is. For instance, the Bogeyman often asks his boss to get a grip on himself. Maybe this would help.

The glove goes for $59.99 on and can still be ordered in time for the Father’s Day.

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Colourful, eclectic and memorable easily define the works that are on display at the Milton Centre for the Arts Holcim Gallery this month.

Group of Twelve — Tuesday Painters who are members of Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) — have their works on display until June 23.

Years ago when FASM was in its infancy, some of the artists began a weekly paint-in. They wanted to provide mentoring for people who wanted to learn more as well as paint in company. That group became the Tuesday Painters who meet at Grace Anglican Church every week for painting time and a friendly lunch. They also help each other regularly by exchanging ideas and critiques.

“I defy anyone to go over there (Holcim Gallery) and not find something they like,” said Neil McCormick, show organizer, who has five works on display. “I’m pleased with the outcome…there’s some abstract, some landscaping, some street scenes – a really eclectic selection.”

The show features artwork by: Shirley Dills, Suzanne Garceau, Cristina Garza, Joan Hatten, Merv Kaye, Helen Lennon, McCormick, Janice McDermott, Roisin Nelson, Jean Rivers, Donna Sanderson and Diane Will.

“I think we all share a love of what we are doing,” McCormick said. “The artists come from all over — Guelph, Georgetown, Burlington, Port Credit and of course Milton.”

Ideas wanted for town centre eyesore

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Coun Rebecca Blake is consulting residents about the Edward Street area. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2413013MMR

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on how they want a run down area of Redditch Town centre to be transformed.

Rebecca Blake, Labour’s Parliamentary spokeswoman for Redditch, has decided to kick-off the debate about the area around the railway station amidst rumours developers and supermarket giant Asda are looking at the site.

She is hosting a survey on her website to encourage residents and businesses to give their views on what should happen in the area.

Ms Blake said she decided to act after a number of people contacted her with concerns.

“The train station is a gateway to our town. Despite many recent improvements in the area, including the pedestrian access, landscaping and artwork more needs to be done,” she said.

“I am sick of the sight of the derelict buildings next to the station, on Bromsgrove Road and Edward Street.

“They give a negative image of our town and what’s more some of these factories are part of our industrial heritage, yet have become a complete eyesore. Last week we hosted the national bike tour and this is not how we want to greet our visitors.

“For all of my life, many of these buildings have been in disrepair and this has been allowed to continue for far too long.”

The Edward Street site, which contains the derelict Abel Morrall and later Clive Works needlemaking building, has long been identified for redevelopment. It is currently classified as a strategic site suitable for any town centre use ranging from offices, retail, leisure and residential.

The land has also been identified as a priority project in the Town Centre Strategy.

Residents’ views will be passed on to Redditch Borough Council for consideration in developing planning policy.

To complete the survey visit or for a printed copy call 07529 964 840. Surveys should be submitted by 5pm on July 11.

When asked about the rumours Oliver Jones, communications manager for ASDA, said: “While our customers tell us they’d love to see ASDA’s famous low prices in Redditch, we don’t have any concrete plans at the moment.”

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Home Depot’s Team Depot helps spruce up landscape at Cleveland’s Edna …

GAIL.JPGView full sizeGail Dubrava, a kitchen designer at Home Depot on Cleveland’s West 117th Street, was among the Home Depot volunteers who landscaped Edna House for Women.
Judi Sparano was tired of looking at the scraggly weeds and bare patches that surrounded the Edna House for Women on West 65th Street in Cleveland. She longed for fresh flowers and decorative mulch, but there was a problem: very little money to buy these things.

Edna House is a sober-living facility that houses 42 women. Sparano is program director and a former resident. Executive Director Andrea DeBiasio also originally went there to get sober and then became part of the staff. They work with a tight budget, relying on private donations and volunteer mentors from the local 12-step recovery community, and help from former residents.

Sparano figured it couldn’t hurt to cold-call garden centers to explain the Edna House mission and to see if the centers were open to donating flowers, mulch or whatever they could spare, or at least give Edna House a discount. Home Depot on West 117th Street was one of the places Sparano contacted. She can’t believe what came of that phone call.

Edna House now has a gorgeous, professionally landscaped yard brimming with about 50 plants and shrubs that include everything from sunflowers and coneflowers brightening sunny spots in the yard, to shade lovers such as coleus and cora bells.

“They landscaped 360 degrees,” Sparano said. “They even put waterlilies in the fish pond.”

Sparano discovered that Home Depot has a program called Team Depot. Store employees volunteer their time, and the Home Depot Foundation provides opportunities for suppliers to contribute their home-improvement know-how, all to improve neighborhoods where their stores are located. According to the foundation’s website, in 2012 Team Depot completed more than 1,200 projects across the country; 550 of those were focused specifically on veterans. Team Depot captains (trained volunteer leaders) also serve as ambassadors to the community. From building wheelchair ramps for disabled veterans and refurbishing a wounded warrior’s home to planting community gardens and painting local schools, associates work with local nonprofit organizations.

KATE.JPGView full sizeKate Vajda, a resident at Edna House for Women, worked alongside Home Depot volunteers landscaping the facility.

When Sparano called Home Depot, Chris Caples took the call. Caples is the assistant manager of the West 117th Street store.

“Chris came out and looked around, and we explained to him what we do,” Sporano said. “The result was a complete surprise.”

A week ago, Caples and about 20 other Team Depot volunteers conducted what could be called a landscaping flash mob. Wearing bright orange T-shirts that attracted lots of attention from passers-by on the busy street, volunteers arrived at Edna House at about 9 a.m. and were there until about 4 p.m. pulling weeds, breaking up hard soil and planting perennials, annuals and shrubs around the three-story brick house that once was a convent. Some of the residents, such as 32-year-old Lindy Sanchez, were working hard, too.

“Their doing this makes you want to get out here and help,” Sanchez said, taking a break from wrestling with stubborn weeds in the back of the house. “I love being outside, and I love physical work. It’s cleansing.”

Thirty-three year-old Gina Mayes, pulling weeds in front of the house, had never gardened. “It’s very meditative,” she said. “It’s also a way to give back to Home Depot for what they’re doing.”

Pattie Westfall, 43, also a resident, pulled weeds alongside Mayes.

“I’m out here because this is amazing and I want to be a part of it,” she said.

The garden looks neat, and landscape edging gives the space definition. Gail Dubrava is a kitchen designer at Home Depot, but she once worked in the nursery and knows about plants. She made sure plants were put in the appropriate places based on the amount of sun, and for symmetry.

Shannon Madison, a Home Depot department supervisor, said she joined Team Depot about six years ago.

“It helps enhance our community, and it builds relationships,” she said. “Plus, I have fun playing in the dirt.”

Sparano said that when she learned that Team Depot was coming, she had two projects on her wish list: a Memorial Garden for women who died from their disease, and a privacy fence for the courtyard so residents aren’t visible from the street. She got both, and then some. Said Caples, “We noticed when we were there the condition their grill was in, so we gave them a Brinkmann four-burner grill.”

DeBiasio said she is grateful to Home Depot and others who have pitched in to make Edna House a comfortable place for residents.

“I am shocked and overjoyed,” she said. “It never ceases to amaze me how when people come and see what we do, they always want to help.”

Contemplating Edna House’s good fortune as she weeded, resident Kate Vajda, 39, commented: “I’ll say something cheesy. This is kind of like our lives. We’re pulling weeds and replanting.”

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Garden walk to take place in La Porte City

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa — The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will sponsor the “Be Inspired” garden walk from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 23.

Visitors will be treated to five individual gardens as well as view one business in the process of completing a major landscaping and renovation project.

Gardens featured on the tour are:

Gary and Sherry Sheffler, featuring spacious lawns and gardens and lots of rustic elements.

David and Marcia Snook, featuring an historic porch and cottage garden.

Steve and Deb Wilson, featuring themed gardens and more than 200 varieties of hostas and 250 varieties of day lilies.

Patrick and Brenda Gardner, gardens include mature specimens surrounded by architectural elements repurposed.

Nancy Olson, featuring a pond and grasses.

La Porte City Golf Club, recently purchased by Wally Markham. Guests will be treated to all new landscaping around the Club house and tee boxes as well as improvements inside. Participants may finish the day here and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres from 3 to 5 p.m. and drink specials. A drawing for a door prize will take place at 5 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at Laurie’s Boutique, You’re Look’n Good, LPC Bakery, and the museum. Tickets accompanied by a guide and maps may be purchased the day of the garden walk at the museum, 408 Main St., or Patrick and Brenda Gardner’s garden at 1641 55th St. Tickets are $5 each with all proceeds benefiting the museum.

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House of Landscaping Look to Grow with SEODesk

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House of Landscaping is very proud to announce that they have entered into a business partnership with SEODesk. This move will see SEODesk assisting the Surrey based landscaping company to rank higher on search engines and to improve their online service to customers.

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With summer eventually starting to come into view, many people will be considering how to get the most out of their garden and this is where the full range of House of Landscaping services can be of benefit. Whether a customer is looking for immediate benefits to make the most of 2013 or they are happy to enjoy their garden for many years to come, it makes sense to contact House of Landscaping. The company is happy to provide a no obligation and no fee consultation so anyone keen to find new ideas for their garden can benefit greatly.

The full range of garden design Reigate services provided by the firm can benefit homes and gardens of every size and there are options for every budget. Anyone seeking driveways Reigate advice will be glad to know that the firm can take the process from planning through construction all the way to tidying up at the end of the project.

House of Landscaping are proud of the service that they provide and they hope that with the assistance of SEODesk, they will be the name that people find when looking for garden design and landscaping support in the Reigate area and beyond.

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Gardening tips: tomatoes, moonvines, bean seeds

• Give tomato plants the elbow room they need to flourish. Even with stakes or cages to hold them up, indeterminate varieties should have 24 inches of room on each side to avoid crowding. Removing the “suckers” that emerge in leaf crotches will limit the sideways sprawl of the vine.

• Moonvines, or moonflowers, should be started from seed now for their spectacular and fragrant white trumpet blooms, which appear in late summer. The vines need sturdy support and can be used on railings, trellises and fences, in full sun or light shade. Rub seeds against a metal file or soak them overnight before planting, to speed germination.

• Sow bean seeds now for a July harvest. Bush beans are easy and productive, and additional sowings over the next six weeks will provide a summer-long supply. Pole beans need a trellis but will yield over a longer period. Scarlet runner beans should be sown in late July and August for a fall crop.

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Red Oak gardener offers tips for growing irises after hosting national tours …

Bobbie Mason is living proof that if you want to get something done, you should assign it to a person who is already busy. Previewing her garden days before a double feature of tours for the American Iris Society and, about a week later, the Society for Louisiana Irises, Mason described some of her gardening projects.

There’s the wheelchair-accessible therapy garden for veterans. The flower beds at the town square in Red Oak, where she lives. Her participation in flower shows. Her active membership in gardening-centered organizations, from the Dallas Council of Garden Clubs to the National Garden Club, and her leadership roles in several of them. Not only is she District X director for Texas Garden Clubs, she’s also historian for the Oak Cliff Garden Forum and incoming president of the Ovilla Garden Club.

That’s not a comprehensive list, by the way.

The energy she has put into her own garden is considerable, and that doesn’t count husband Robert’s sweat equity. (He weeds the many beds.) Repurposed containers — “something from nothing,” as she puts it — hold most of her Louisiana irises and other plants.

“My husband just gave up this pair of boots. And so they immediately had to become a flowerpot,” she says of footwear that’s now filled with sedum.

Patriotic by nature, Mason has a towering trio of plants in shades of red, white and blue. The white is a native Texas passion vine. It was a 6-inch stick in a gallon bucket at a Texas Discovery Gardens plant sale that she paid $15 for, although “I’m really allergic to spending money on plants,” she says. “I like to trade too much.”

Perhaps Mason’s original trade was at the tender age of 3, when she asked her great-grandmother in Christoval for some of the flags in her yard. (Some varieties of iris are known as flags.) Her great-grandmother said: “Honey, you can have all those old things you want. I’m sick of them.”

“My mother was not happy because I tore up her grandmother’s iris beds,” Mason says. When the misunderstanding was cleared up, “in the pickup they went.” Those irises “followed me around all my married life, and I’m 65 now. So that’s 62 years I’ve been dragging William Setchell” iris bulbs.

Mason joined the Dallas Iris Society in 2000, and now hybridizers send her their new varieties to show off. They get a good ride since she hosts many iris tours.

In all, Mason has found homes on her property for 150 new Louisiana irises “to go with the 50 I already have.” All of this is on a three-fourths-acre lot. “We have 10 pounds of flour in a 5-pound sack.”

A lovely sack it is, too.

Tips for growing irises

Avid iris gardeners have been known to throw surplus iris bulbs over the fence and have them bloom as heartily as their cared-for neighbors. We’re talking Louisiana iris, especially. We’re talking tough.

Sure, there are guidelines for Louisiana and their bearded relations:

1. Planting depth depends on the type of soil. For clay, go shallow. For sandy soil, plant deeper.

2. Irises like about a half-day of sun.

3. Plant at least 12 to 16 inches apart.

4. Fertilize on Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and Halloween, advises Bobbie Mason. Use a 5-10-5 fertilizer. Tall bearded irises like dry conditions. Louisianas like acid soil and moist conditions. (Louisiana irises love water gardens.) You should use fertilizer designed for acid-lovers on Louisianas. Try azalea or camellia food, Ironite and Epsom salts — but not alfalfa — for Louisiana iris.

5. With any luck (and it doesn’t take much), you’ll need to divide iris in a couple of years. Divide the rhizomes between sections.

Betsy Simnacher is a Cedar Hill freelance writer.

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Planting tips for a vibrant, weedless pond

I have put in hay nets of barley straw in the past (barley straw is difficult
to source now) but it does work in about 60 per cent of cases. Why it does
not always work is a bit of a puzzle to the freshwater biologists. It does
take a good month or two, though, and you must remove it before it starts to
disintegrate, otherwise it increases the nitrogen levels and causes even
more algae.

This time I am adding barley straw extract instead (from Agagroup),
which is quicker and easier to manage, but if it does not work I will try Aqua
Activ Algo Universal
from Oase, which has a helpline for
pool-related queries (01264 333225). This control does not last as long as
the more natural straw method.

The fail-safe, but expensive, method is to use a sonic machine that zaps the
weed continually, but it costs around £800 for an area of water around
150sq m.

Another common pest problem is invasive vegetation (reeds etc) which can cover
the whole pool. To combat this, either you can use glyphosate carefully to
spray the vegetation (it is not harmful to fish if used correctly) or you
can cover the base before they emerge (or cut down first) with a needle
punch root barrier (£2.35 per sq m from Aga group, as before). You will need
to weigh it down initially with rocks or silt.

The best way to avoid the pea soup situation is plants, plants and more
plants. Ash Girdler, a pond expert for the Aga group, recommends covering
two thirds of the surface area with floating leaved plants such as water
lilies, water soldier (Stratiotes aloides) and frogbit (hydrocharis).
Another three quarters of the sides, at least, should be planted with
emergent and marginal plants such as irises, flowering rush (Butomus
) and water forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides). You
should add some bunches of submergents such as spiked water milfoil (Myriophyllum
), not to be confused with the highly invasive parrot’s feather (M.
). Fish, especially carp, will gobble these up, though, so you
may need to cage the plants.

I originally planted lilies directly into the soil on the base of my pool some
30 odd years ago, using a rampageous white water lily. Now I have contained
them in baskets so we can see some water. These vigorous lilies start
pushing their leaves way up out of the water when they become congested and
every few years we lug them out, split and replant them in the spring.

Some gardeners think their pool base should look like the bottom of a clean
bath. This would be quite horrible for wildlife. What they really want in
the base is about 150mm or more of good, healthy hydrasoil (mud!), which, if
you have left it untouched, you probably have anyway. If you are not sure,
take a scoop out and smell it. If it stinks of rotten eggs or methane, then
maybe you have some anaerobic or partial decomposition. In which case add
some Aquabio (calcium sulphate, from Agagroup). You have just time now to
add it, or wait until late summer; it will slowly sweeten it.

Planting marginal plants directly into the soil, which covers the whole
pool/pond base, gives a better balance. Small quantities of basketed plants
can look rather wimpy. Topsoil is too rich and makes everything turn green,
and clay subsoil and fish are a bad combination, as the clay fines cloud the
water when the fish move. A poor, sandy subsoil is best.

If you want to add marginal plants now, maybe to hide your liner, a great way
to do it is to add pre-vegetated coir rolls. These are sausage-shaped
2m-long rolls, 200mm in diameter. They bend and can be fixed either just
below water level, or partially above it and they will sprout wonderful,
lush, emergent plants (ornamental and native mixes, from the Aga group).

If you are starting a new pool or pond, the choice of liner is very important.
Butyl has been superseded; EPDM rubber is far better. It is not degraded by
UV light and has a 25-year guarantee. Make sure it is 1mm thick. I always
specify a blanket underlay (NP 300) below and usually above the liner too.
If labradors, children and deer are going to stray in, it protects the

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