Ice and Snow and cold So far, we have experienced one of the lowest winter snow accumulations, but we still have two months of possible snowfall. If we get enough snow to weigh down branches, remove it by using a broom underneath to repeatedly but gently lift the branches. If branches are weighted by ice, … Continue reading “Garden Tips – February”
The Arboretum is not just a pretty garden: it is a botanic garden that trials new and old varieties. Some flourish and so do not. They are not failures, but demonstrate that certain plants do not survive here. Botanical Names ‘A rose is a rose is a rose’ according to author Gertrude Stein. While a … Continue reading “Botanical Names”
Outside in the Garden Neaten up the garden and edge beds. Rake soil and scatter collected seeds. Make notes as to plants to replace and areas to fill in this spring. Place pines and other evergreens prunings (except holly that dries prickly) on beds to protect plants and give a cleaner look. If fully dormant … Continue reading “Garden Tips – Winter Work”
The Arboretum is bursting when bloom from spring through fall, but have you ever looked at the color and texture of the Arboretum in the winter? To most, the winter garden is dreary and lacking all color, but a closer look will prove otherwise. Really look at a tree’s bark. It is the tree’s outer … Continue reading “In the Arboretum: The Beauty of Bark”
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“To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin, English poet. We are in that awkward transition time of year when it is often too early and too late to do chores. Take one day at a time and hope for the best. Generally, nature is forgiving. … Continue reading “Garden Tips – November”
There are so many wonderful trees in the Arboretum, sometimes it is hard to see the trees for the ‘forest’. Among the wonderful trees that you will find in the Arboretum is Diospryros virginiana, aka ‘divine fruit’. It is one that you would not readily accept If your only contact with D. virginiana, (persimmon) was … Continue reading “In the Arboretum – November”