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, March 26, 2012
If you are trying to contain the spread of garlic mustard, it's time to get to it: it's already starting to flower. If you wait much longer, spraying with Roundup with only be marginally effective since the product is so slow to kill, and there is so much of energy stored up in garlic mustard's underground parts that it will manage to produce viable seed despite being sprayed.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Egads, this has been a difficult two weeks -- mostly trying to get equipment up and running so as to be able to apply fungicides to the crabs and pines of GreenStreet's clients a full month earlier than expected. Before putting the sprayer on the back of one of the pickups, we decided to look under the bedliner to inspect the condition of the truck bed underneath. There was no truck bed to speak of, but a pile of rust fragments. So . . had to find a replacement bed, trailer it to the shop, prep it for painting, get it to a paint shop, upgrade the truck springs, then locate and acquire longer shock absorbers to accommodate the newly lifted bed. And that's just one truck. The phone is ringing constantly. Some clients are still hoping to get their oaks trimmed before the end of the dormant season.
The lovely shrub Corylopsis pauciflora is in bloom in my garden. I have two specimens that I almost lost entirely during a cold winter some years ago. Was hoping the species would be more cold-hardy. But maybe now that we have been officially upgraded to zone 6a . . .
|a terrible photo, but hopefully you get the idea . .|
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
to create the Anniversary Avenue at his residence Highgrove House (thank you wikipedia!).
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I took an exam recently in order to keep up my certification as an arborist. One of the questions was to select the family name of maples. The only choice that made sense was Aceraceae. But I had to include a snarky comment that the maples are now classified as members of the larger Sapindaceae. I'm so au courant, n'est-ce pas?