In Too Deep? June 24, 2011
Take a close look at your trees.
Do they look happy? The trunk probably looks relatively strong and free of obvious damage. Leaves might even look fairly full and lush.
Now, take a really good look and ask yourself: "If something was wrong with my trees deep down, would I be able to tell minus the obvious signs?"Read More
Every Dogwood Has Its Day June 10, 2011
The flowering dogwood is considered a treasure in the landscape. Native to the eastern half of the U.S., this Virginia state tree can soften the vertical lines of a home or provide background for other plants like azaleas by providing striking horizontal structure.
Dogwoods are a standard tree in many gardens where they are used to shade patios, add spring or fall color or provide lovely floral accents with their pink, white or red blooms.
Dogwoods also attract wildlife; because they produce fruit, they are favorites of birds.Read More
My Long Journey Home May 23, 2011
I'm ready for my close-up.
That's right. Today, I'm officially a star. For those who want my autograph, I'm happy to share a leaf. But, please, only a few at a time. My fame comes from the fact that I have a particularly spectacular crown, if I do say so myself. Plus, I'm busy getting settled and need all of my energy.Read More
Under Our Umbrella May 9, 2011
Just the other day, I was attending a professional dinner meeting, so I traded my usual work clothes and boots for a simple dress and heels. And just as I arrived at the restaurant, it started to rain … and I don't mean just pitter-patter, pitter-patter. It was the start of what was soon to be a great, big thunderstorm. I stepped out of my car and prepared to run for it, and, wouldn't you know, my first step was into a giant puddle. Needless to say, I was squishing around in my heels with soggy toes for the rest of the night.
The latest wet weather has left many wringing out their wet socks in search of higher and drier land. It's not a good feeling to be constantly wet - so wet you feel you'll never get dry. If you're in one of these regions with above average rainfall right now, you know this feeling. Now imagine how your trees must feel.
Constant rain, storms and flood watches have us all protecting our socks with good shoes, strategically avoiding puddles and cleaning our gutters so our homes and toes stay dry. But what about our plants and trees? Those poor perennials and conifers, particularly those placed in low areas, are left to tough it out, stuck in the muck. Driving through my neighborhood, I've seen more than one tree surrounded by a large puddle of water that looks like it's not draining anytime soon.Read More