id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

what the SOM?

soil organic matter as an indicator of soil health So what is SOM? The USDA defines SOM as: the organic component of soil consisting of three primary parts: (fresh) plant residues and small living organisms (active) decomposing organic matter (humus) stable organic matter Most of us understand the importance of sufficient nutrition in the soilContinue reading “what the SOM?”

more than just a pretty leaf

the science of fall color The Sun has passed the celestial equator heading southward and in most of the world temperatures are dropping – Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal and Spring equinoxes mark the point in the calendar at which the length of night and the length of day are almost exactlyContinue reading “more than just a pretty leaf”

my summer love – the hydrangea

Like puffs of cotton candy, the summer hydrangea – sweet and nostalgic in summer and evoking saudade as it fades in the fall, a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness with the passing of the season – I will always anticipate the return of my summer love…. hydrangea Recently, a visitor to the NewhalemContinue reading “my summer love – the hydrangea”