Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
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Hired hit people (from Invase Plant Control Inc.) are cleaning up the meadow alongside Springhouse Run
Invasive Plants Control Inc. is back and killing Japanese Honeysuckle, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Porcelainberry, and whatever shrubs and trees they encounter in this meadow area alongside Springhouse Run. They're like herbicidal mercenaries. We've had them before in various areas and they do a great job. This visit they've been working between the Beechwoods and the Spruce Field. I believe they are also contracted to control the woodies and invasives on the New York Avenue slope adjoining the Gotelli Collection. We're all glad to see them but none of us enjy them the task of spraying 8 hours a day.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:38 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Beefsteak fungus?, Fistulina hepatica....it's an ill wind....Michael directed me to this growing on the upturned rootplate of a fallen oak in Fern Valley
Posted by ChrisU at 3:45 PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It's one of the two Hedychiums I have a bit of trouble with in Adelphi, not because of hardiness, but because, along with H. greenii, it likes water to the point of being able to function as an emergent in water gardens. The same water issues gave me problems in the Florida garden until I moved the entire colony to a low spot directly under a rain spout. Even so the dry winters keep the planting pretty ugly until the rains return in summer.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:56 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I'm with Jim. I like this plant. A mass of it provides an interesting relatively tall textural effect in partial shade. The flowers aren't spectacular, but there are a lot of them and they aren't unattractive. And the berries.....the berries are spectacular. I tried to grow this from seed the last time I worked in this garden twenty years ago. I inexplicably failed. Hey it feels like a plant that could maybe under certain circumstances be overly aggressibe both by rhizome and by seed. Possibly it doesn't like sand though I seem to remember amending generously back then. And watering plenty. No matter. I don't have room for this size planting and I can see it five days a week, or more?, anyway. The older I get the less I seem to need to own plants.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:07 PM
Geranium soboliferum and Trollius pulcher plena.....a couple of interesting and obscure perennials growing in the beds below the GCA Circle
Posted by ChrisU at 2:39 PM
Vespa crabro.....look what this hornet is doing to our Lilac! There is no scale but these insects are about 3 cm long
They make paper "honeycomb" type nests and they do use wood fibres but according to the literature, this stripping/girdling activity is more likely to release sap which they will then gobble up. Lilacs are among their favorites I read.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:24 PM
Monday, September 13, 2010
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Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Kadsura vine outside the back window seems to be enjoying the rain. We got ~.75" last night and today
This summer, like the year overall, has been extreme. Though we missed setting the record for the most 90F degree days in a summer (that would be 1980) by 5?, 2010 is far and away the hottest summer on record. A bar graph of the top ten shows little deviation among 2-10 (<.5 degree). 2010 blows them away averaging a degree and a half higher. It was a difficult summer to endure, no doubt made more so by the fact that I'm 39 years older than I was in 1980. Well, it's over now
Posted by ChrisU at 1:54 PM
H Marts across the US with the most here in the mid-Atlantic. This had great seafood too; dozens of selections of bright-eyed fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Among a pile of purchases I got a little box of candied Tamarind with cayenne. Very good!
Posted by ChrisU at 1:27 PM