From 1913 until 1960, the University of Michigan's botanical gardens were located one block east of the corner of E Stadium and S Industrial, on property that is now Woodbury Gardens apartments. At the time of the move to Dixboro Rd, many of the important specimen trees were moved, but there remain a handful of unusual large trees worth visiting.
The odd hickory growing between the pecans is curious-looking but admittedly not very beautiful. Rumor has it that it is Carya laciniosa, shellbark hickory, a species recognizable in part by its exceptionally large nuts and large winter buds. Michiganflora.net reports that it grows on river banks and in rich floodplain forests in the counties to the south, east and west of us, but not in Washtenaw County itself.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
With the recent cool weather I was able to shake off the 'I hate nature' blues and get back into the garden, take a few pictures, and pull up a few tons of Acalypa. I found that I have at least three color forms of the late-summer-flowering Anemone hupehensis, a big, easy, vigorous and spreading plant. Don't underestimate this species -- it likes to grow.
michiganflora.net that the genus was recently moved out of the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae, and into the Plantaginaceae, where it resides with the common weedy plantains. Weird to me! Perhaps meaningless to you. Wikipedia lays out the arcane details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/plantaginaceae.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Platanus orientalis, the oriental planetree, is one of the trio of trees that is used to line most of the streets of Paris (the others being the linden and the horsechestnut). According to the documentation, the specimen to the left was planted in 1785. There were others of a similar vintage.
(And speaking of relying on a small number of species . . in the gardens at Versailles were thousands and thousands of mature lindens planted in perfect rows extending literally for miles. What will happen when the emerald linden beetle or Dutch linden disease finds its way to that country . . ?)
The extensive and historic herbaceous display gardens in the park were grouped by plant family. I counted 17 species of Carex and of course a million members of the mint family. Ive never seen Plantago lanceolata or Rhamus frangula (labeled there as Frangula dodonei, but now listed as Frangula alnus in Michigan Flora -- woo!) tended so lovingly. You can read more by clicking the link immediately below!