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Rain and Needle Size…

Rain and Needle Size…

May 23, 2017

You may have noticed that some years we have much longer needles on our pines than other years. Why? We haven’t done anything differently… But the weather has. Those years have unseasonably high springtime rainfall. And what is water to a plant? Food. (Water + CO2 + Light = Dinner) This White Pine is showing […]

Blooming Springtime—Wisteria and Iris

Blooming Springtime—Wisteria and Iris

May 10, 2017

Just sharing a couple of things that made me smile, blooming in the garden this week- The fact that they both have lavender blossoms was purely coincidental…I have a tense relationship with the color lavender, but I did like these— Chinese Wisteria, Wisteria sinensis—This tree has been a prolific bloomer for the past five years. […]

Twig Mimicry…

Twig Mimicry…

May 5, 2017

I should have done this post last fall. If you’ll allow me to wave my wand, let’s go back to a day in late fall when we were wiring a quince, only to find… …a shy inchworm waving around on a twig: Where is the critter? (This is a Where’s Waldo? moment, for those who are […]


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