It’s easy to love acers; stunning fall color – soft lacey leaves that grace our gardens and provide interest and shade, and the Acer griseum, commonly known as the Paperbark Maple, admired for the bark, is a perfect selection for many garden styles.
What is true for trees, is true for humans: a solid and healthy root system is needed to grow in health, maturity and stature – “All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.” Teresa of Ávila, Saint
For the gardener who grows fruit trees, the purpose is to grow quality fruit in a reasonable quantity, and harvest safely from from healthy trees. Pruning is a management tool that helps align these goals and balances the needs of both tree and gardener.
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”
Pinus strobus ‘Louie’ Eastern White Pine ‘Louie’ is a species native to North America, and its soft, fine, golden foliage makes it one of the most attractive conifers for ornamental landscapes. The long thin needles remain gold year round – intensifying in color during the winter cold. Also referred to as Golden White Pine ‘Louie’,Continue reading “id your tree”
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”
Dating back thousands of years to a civilization in the Amazon Basin, soil scientists have analyzed regions of dark rich soil found within historically inhabited areas and found high concentrations of charcoal and organic matter.