True Blue December 1, 2011
As families recover from consuming heaping dishes of traditional delights during Thanksgiving weekend, they can crank up the holiday tunes, dive into boxes of decorations in reds, greens and golds, and begin thinking about another seasonal holiday that will be here before they know it. That's right, I'm talking about Christmas.
Within the coming weeks, you'll notice evergreen trees more clearly, scattered among their deciduous friends in your landscape. Their colors, blends of blues and greens, will dominate your visual attention over the bare, brown branches and blankets of white snow.
You'll also see evergreens appear in your neighbors' large front windows, dazzling those who walk by as sparkling crystal ornaments reflect tiny bulbs in bright, bold colors.Read More
Thankful for Trees November 11, 2011
I was running errands this weekend, minding my own business and wrapped up in my own thoughts. I walked hugging my sweater to me as I checked tasks off of my list, feeling the first of the cooler breezes that will become the norm as fall soon ends and winter begins.
That's when I first noticed it.
The preparations - they were being made all around me. The rearranging. The reorganizing. The unpacking and dusting off of things that have been asleep for nearly a year.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
Winter Wonderland December 21, 2010
One of my favorite things to do in the winter is sit by my back windows and watch the bright blue birds eat the brilliant fruit off of my crabapple tree.
It's one of those trees that, despite losing its leaves and becoming a seemingly uninteresting skeleton, transforms into a gathering place for the birds, tweeting and twittering as they munch on the abundant red spheres on the branches. And the arrival of cold weather often adorns the tree in striking frost. The crabapple is truly a tree with incredible winter appeal that brings enjoyment to my whole family.
And what is a landscape if not a canvas for providing yourself with endless enjoyment in every season, regardless of what Mother Nature may bring in the form of harsh winds, sleet, snow and ice.Read More