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.





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Early Bloomer or Late?


It's late in the year for new blooms. Something blooming late this year is probably blooming a bit on the early side. I'm pretty sure the Mahonia is listed as a late winter bloomer. It's not quite winter, though the forecast for this weekend looks pretty wintry.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Leaf of the Week


Most of the skyline is leafless now, but there are still some trees and shrubs with fall color this early December. This oakleaf hydrangea is looking pretty sweet right now.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Like a Potpourri Underfoot


With Eastern Prickly Pear Fruit, Sweetgum seedpods and some other autumn lovelies.

Friday, December 1, 2017

What's Happening Outside Now?


As usual when it comes to plants, much more than you might think is possible.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

At November's End


The Stewartia still has leaves,  the weather is mild and the moon is waxing.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Dad's Hydrangea in November


One day I should check to see if I have a photograph of a hydrangea in some stage, whether leafing out, in bud, a bouquet or dried in winter from every month of the year. Maybe not, but it just might be close.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Leaf of the Day


A Japanese Maple wins the Leaf of the Day award this Tuesday near November's end.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Fall Colors Still


It's been more than two months now with the colors of fall in New York. I guess if the daylight hours have to be short, the trade off is fair enough. 


Sunday, November 26, 2017

In Lieu of Flowers...


Seedpods, which seem to be dancing in the sunlight, are appreciated. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fothergilla This Fall on a Sunny Afternoon


And a throwback below to Fothergilla in bloom this spring on an overcast day.


Friday, November 24, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


It was the weekend before Thanksgiving when I first heard Christmas music this year in a tv commercial and then in some stores tuned into lite fm stations. But certain trees were already making it look a lot like the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On the Walk Home in the Dark, This


A Japanese Maple under a light. It doesn't take much.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ag Class Sunflower!


Some people know how to give me a little thrill. I received a picture of this sweet harvest from my nephew's ag class just the other day.

Monday, November 20, 2017

What Dares to Bloom Now? Witch Hazel!


Though I tend to be impressed by most plants, I really have to give it up for one that is fierce enough to dare bloom after the first frost of the year. Our native witch hazel blooms today.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Is the Year Flying Fast or is Time Crawling?


It's still autumn in New York according to my calendar. Soon enough most of the tree canopy will be bare branches and buds, but for now leaves are still in the picture. 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Some People Read Tea Leaves


But I'm going with what the Redbuds seem to be whispering to me this morning.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Playing the What Were You Game


It's the time of year to play the what were you game to see if you can identify plants by their seedheads and what remains after the growing season has ended.

Monday, November 13, 2017

After the First Frost


After the first frost it's still autumn in New York and today's weather is a little more inviting.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Focus


I think it's fair to say that I have been focusing both the camera lens and my attention on pollinators, what's blooming and grasses in autumn for some time now. This year I didn't see any green metallic sweat bees but I did run into some skippers and discovered some new-to-me butterflies in the summer.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Movement


Movement is a word that comes up frequently in articles on using grasses in garden design or landscaping, though admittedly most grass is way more graceful then this little GIF I just made.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Light at Lunch


The first frost of the year is coming soon. But today the light at lunch was warm and bright.


Some Queen Anne's lace still blooms.


But the fountain grass deserves the spotlight as the star of the show. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Gnarly Needles of Pinus strobus 'Contorta'


"Distinctly twisted" is how one nursery describes the needles of this Eastern White Pine cultivar. I agree as I've never seen a similar pine.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Whose Got Great Fall Color This Week?


It's been a warm fall in New York with leaf color coming on slow. But this week the temperature will fall below freezing for the first time and there is a lot more vibrant color, it seems to me. One tree with some great color right now is the crepe myrtle, a standout in all seasons.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Box of Bulbs


Because the seasons bleed into one another and spring will come next year, it's bulb planting time again.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Seven-Son Flower: New Autumn Crush!


Last week I bumped into this fabulous plant that I'm assuming was newly planted in two spots at Hofstra. I wasn't sure what I was looking at. Tree or shrub and were these clusters of pink strappy stars a panicle of really late-blooming flowers or something else?


Something else turns out to be the answer as the mass of color that caught my eye has followed the flowering. And as it also turns out I wasn't the only one stumped about the name of this plant (a few of the grounds keepers at Hofstra were equally stumped about the name of a this shrub originally from China) nor am I the only one who might confuse the rosy calyxes in fall with flowers.