Monday, December 11, 2017

Self-Decorating Trees (Sweetgum)


The self-decorating tree is much like the self-cleaning oven is what I'm thinking. What's not to love about the idea?




Sunday, December 10, 2017

Free Deciduous Conifer Mulch and other Rusty Glimpses this Fall


I passed a garden bed of rusty needles at Hofstra not long ago which looked beautiful and also as if it had been deliberately mulched, though it hadn't been. Free deciduous conifer mulch, I thought, how awesome. I'm pretty sure the mulch had fallen from a Dawn Redwood as there was one nearby. (Not the Dawn Redwood pictured below which I passed another recent morning and which hadn't shed all its needles yet.)


In keeping with this afternoon's theme of things you might mostly think of as just being green like a conifer, some little blue stem grass I passed was looking pretty fine wearing its fall and winter hue.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

First Snow


According to a Japanese Maple I know and I think I can trust to give it to me straight, it's snowing.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Who Needs Magic when it's Paperbush Bud Viewing Season?


Who needs magic when outside right now there are flower buds dangling off the ends of Paperbush branches as if to say, "I dare you to find a Christmas ornament on any tree this beautiful and fierce?" There's a 38 percent chance of snow this afternoon and I bumped into a Paperbush this morning!

Paperbush flower buds early December, New York

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Catkins in December


And from much earlier in the year, below, what these new catkins will look like come April and spring.