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: greenstreet@mindspring.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Glorious red fruit on 'good' plants and 'bad'

Wow, it's been more than a month since I last posted onto this blog. It's not that I haven't been thinking about it. I've just been busy. Sometime in September or so, all the homeowners in Ann Arbor got together and collectively decided their trees were long overdue for a haircut or removal. Everybody in my line of work was suddenly swamped after a mediocre summer. That's what I call a trend. Whoever has the talent to see these things coming could make a fortune on Wall Street.

And . . I found a couple good musicians to play with. We have nailed down 102 tunes by Lennon-McCartney-Harrison, plus a smattering of classics such as 'Fresh Garbage' by Spirit and 'Incense and Peppermint' by the Strawberry Alarm Clark. We don't sing great, but we can provide huge amounts of entertainment for private parties -- we provide lyric sheets and do a kind-of sing-along karaoke thing. Super fun but you gotta pay us.

So, what was I going to say about plants . . Hmm. . Ah yes, I took these two pictures along Geddes Rd a month or so ago. The plants were next-door neighbors. One is a desirable and well-behaved native, the other is an invasive thug. Equally pretty?

Lonicera maackii (honeysuckle)

Ilex verticillata (deciduous holly)