Category: Trees

Robins, and holly–and starlings, oh golly

The harbingers of spring. An American robin (Turdus migratorius) stopped by on February 9, 2018. Perhaps he was a loner. Perhaps he is a member of the small flock of robins I saw recently in the park across the street. He sat in the magnolia…

Nor’easter of March 2018

Nor’easter of March 2018. Actually, we’ve had 2 March nor’easters. The second one, on March 7, hit this area hard with around 16″ of heavy snow, but no wind, thank heaven. We didn’t lose power. Much to be thankful about. Today, March 8, the…

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees

Golden Raindrops crabapple trees (Malus transitoria Schmidtcutleaf). Last spring I wrote a post called A robin experiment where I described bringing home dried-up crabapple fruits from the park to feed a hungry old robin. In that post, I expressed a desire to plant some crabapples…

October cleanup

October cleanup. We had 1 1/2″ of rain the first of October, following 1 1/2″ the last of September. Yesterday, October 27, another 1 1/2″ fell, making 3″ of rain for October. We still have an 8″ rain deficit for the year, according to…

September renewal

September renewal. Since most of my life up to now has been spent observing a school calendar, September still seems like a time to start again, to make new resolutions, to get excited about stuff. So, while I still have the habit of thinking…

Monarchs in the garden in September

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in the garden in September. My summer is complete–with 4 official days of summer left. 2 monarch butterflies visited the garden yesterday. They were mostly interested in the verbena. What a great butterfly plant. What great butterflies. The monarchs are migrants, young…

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee…

Fruits of June

Fruits of June. June would not be complete without some mention of the fruits in my garden. Blueberries. Strawberries. Raspberries. Pears. None of them produces in huge quantities. That’s OK with me. I love to snack on berries while working in the garden. It’s…

Hemlock woolly adelgids

Hemlock woolly adelgids (Adelges tsugae).   The eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) are infested with hemlock woolly adelgid (uh-del-jid). Help. The white cottony wax shown in the photos above are a hibernation stage for immature nymphs. As soon as we noticed the white cottony wax stuff,…

May work

May work. I don’t have time to write posts. I have garden work to do. The weeds are growing so fast that I can’t keep up with them. The area we mow and call a lawn is due to be mowed yet again. The…

Pear tree

Pear tree (Pearus spp.). This is not an ornamental pear. It’s the old-fashioned kind that bears fruit. It’s old. As you can see, it’s leaning. One day it will fall over like the old apple tree did. Hopefully, nothing will be under it. The blossoms…

April blooms

April blooms. Here it is the last week of April. What a difference a month makes. As I wrote in the post March changes, I was in despair at the end of March thinking that the freezing temps and snow would never go away. Although…