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Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 28, 2012: a somatic mutation

The big excitement today was when the crew brought back this spruce branch from an otherwise normal-looking norway spruce. For all I know these somatic mutations occur regularly, but this was the first time any of us had run into it in nature. Now . . I expect someone will e-mail me and tell me we could have made a fortune propagating this odd growth form.  But we had a job to do -- which included removing the tree.

This mahonia was in full flower today. Even with the mild winter (well, I guess there were a few cold days), there was damage to the leaves, but overall it made for a pretty-enough site, and bright enough for it to catch my eye as I was driving by.

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