Saturday, August 21, 2010
Sylva Native Nursery & Seed Company had Comptonia peregrina in 2" rose pots so I bought a couple. I remember when Sam Jones was the only source for this plant in Maryland, or actually anywhere so far as I knew. There must be protocols for propagation now. That's good; still I've not seen it around in any quantity. Kollar Nurseries had Lonicera sempervirens so I bought three for the Intern Planting at the Grove of State Tree restrooms. I bought other things, Solidago sempervirens and a Cardinal Flower in bloom, I couldn't resist. The talk went well as did the rest of the day. This is their 19th year, it's less than 30 easy miles from home, and yet I've not been there before. In a way that's not so much a reflection of my negligence as it is a tribute to the wealth of resources in the Washington/Baltimore/Philadelphia area. There are at least a dozen locations that do annual or more frequent daylength horticulture programs. Many focus on natives. When I retire, I'll have a lot of choices.
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I have, for years, argued that when siting a plant, it's important to consider its mature size and decide whether it's really a fit
This is an upright Cherry Laurel at the Beltsville Library Garden. It suffered badly in the snows of the past winter and I cut it off at ground level. I planted a Fothergilla to the right, and a Loropetalum to the left, but let the Laurel regrow because the new additions were still small plants. There isn't any scale in the picture, but it has regrown to a little over six feet in one growing season. Hey, it took 15 years to reach twelve feet in height but more than half of that growth has been replaced in less than six months! If you're in it for the long haul, it's important to make sure that when you site a plant, it's not going to outgrow that spot. Pruning works for a few years but since the root system grows unfettered, every year there is more to prune until it becomes downright impractical. Back in the day when labor was cheap and an army of gardeners attended every garden such practices made sense. Not so much anymore.
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Friday, August 20, 2010
I chased the coupled pair around the Fern Valley Prairie for 20 minutes after work today. They don't fly well attached.....well, back to back, but hey, I can't fly at all even when I'm not....engaged.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:55 PM
Salvia azurea, Wild Blue Sage; Silphium perfoliatum, Cup Plant; Helianthus mollis, Ashy Sunflower; Pink form of Hibiscus moescheutos, Rose Mallow; Chamaecrista fasiculata, Partridge Pea; Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower
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I noticed a fairy ring just outside the Arboretum entrance this morning and stopped to photograph it
Fairy rings are cool. They form as fungal mycelium seeking new nutrients grows outward from some central point, I'm sure a dead street tree in this case, .Since the growth is more or less equal in all directions, the ultimate shape is circular. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of the fungus and they form at the periphery of the mycelial ring. Every year the circle is larger; I've heard of rings more than 20 feet in diameter. There was a "fairy arc" of false morels in China Valley in 2001 but I didn't see it this year.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
This cross has been around a while. We sold this tree at Behnke's in the 90's. It performed well in full sun with minimal supplemental watering. I always thought it would make a good parking lot tree, but Richard suggests it may require a bit more water than that. At any rate it takes heat well and flowers over a long period.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Posted by ChrisU at 4:11 PM
I have no idea what this is....ask Coley, he found it...I'm thinking it's about a mm in diameter and appeared to be segmented
Amy figured out what it is: a horseshow worm. They have their own Phylum, Nematomorpha. The adults, like in the picture are free living, the larvae are parasitic on various invertebrates. They're also called Gordian worms; I regret now not posting the picture where it is coiled up in a tight knot!
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The front deck is largely orange this summer....Chrysothemis pulchella has reached this size from a smallish dormant tubers...it;s a Gesneriad
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I've never been crazy about this species. If you look at enough gardens in the area, you come across it regularly but not frequently. It feels like it wasn't maybe sold retail but was included in an occasional upscale design/installation. I must admit that it looks good as a backdrop to Ann Collins' Panda and maybe it isn't the look of it that turns me off, but the awareness that it's either a potential or an actual problem.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Tricyris hirta....the Toadlilys have begun to flower in the Asian Collection and what with all the rain and all
Posted by ChrisU at 5:26 PM
It's still got a ways to go to get to the top; I expect it'll get most of the way this year an that I'll have to prune it next year.
Posted by ChrisU at 5:19 PM
We (Asian Staff and ASRT's) did a cleanup project in the Central Valley today and Amnda found the biggest mantis
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