Shedding the springter blues

Just as spring was beginning to assert itself — Iris reticulata opened the other day, the daffodils are up and some are budded, Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) buds have cracked open — winter hurled another insult. This week we’ve endured nights in the teens, chilly days and a bitter and blustery dusting of snow. (Thank […]

Pop Quiz Answers

A little later than I had hoped but here are the answers!  I definitely had a couple challenging ones up here, but kudos to all who tried!  Metasequoia glyptostroboides Dawn Redwood     Cryptomeria japonica Japanese Cedar Sequoiadendron giganteum Giant Sequoia Liquidambar styraciflua Sweetgum   Pesudotsuga menziesii Douglas Fir Tsuga canadensis Canadian Hemlock   Chamaecyparis pisifera plumosa […]

Spring cleaning

According to the calendar — and the redwing blackbirds — the pendulum between winter and summer has finally swung into spring. Huzzah! (Never mind next week’s forecast.) To celebrate, we did some extremely gratifying spring cleaning, starting with tidying under the benches of the propagation house (kind of like going through the closets at home […]

March ado

I’m not even going to bother go in search for spring outside today because it looks and feels too much like winter again. Blustery. Bitter cold. Snowy, even (though nothing compared to other parts of the country, so I’ll quit my complaining). The tug of war between winter and spring is still fierce — we’re […]