This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Yes, winter is long in Michigan, but if you are creative (and if you stretch your definitions), you can have something flowering almost every month.
In the real world, one uses many different characteristics to identify a tree species in the absence of leaves -- bark texture, branching pattern (opposite vs. alternate), coarseness of smaller branches, and (best of all) leaf and flower buds. But tree habit is sometimes all you need, like in the following:
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Learning to ID trees from their growth habit is a tough challenge, one that is made even harder by the variation within each species. Here are some examples with what I hope are helpful hints. These are trees I pass every morning on my way to work.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Not much green happening around here, so I'll report on some of the doings at The Waterford senior facility in Juno Beach, where I was visiting my mother this past weekend. Wait a minute, hold on there. That's not a very compelling opening. Click the link below for some fascinating observations on the Florida natural environment . . .
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
It's been confirmed: the brown marmorated stink bug has arrived in Michigan. The announcement was made yesterday by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
If you are a regular listener to NPR, you might have heard of this recent accidental introduction. It feeds on a wide range of crops, including apples, corn, soybeans, peaches, green beans, cherries and much more. And you will get to know (and probably hate) it since it overwinters in homes in large numbers, and emits a vile odor when it is alarmed or squished. I have not heard that it damages landscape plants, but it is likely to be a nuisance in vegetable gardens.
There are many other species of stink big, and many that are native to Michigan. This new one has up to four generations per year, lacks effective predators, lives for years, and can quickly build up huge populations. As with the emerald ash borer, it is believed to have hitched a ride on packing materials.