Nature on Schedule

By Betty Struckhoff

Early witch-hazel flowers, February 2012

Witch-hazel flowers, Feb. 2012, 63131

Despite our very mild winter, my Witch hazel is blooming later than normal.

Mayapple shoots, February 2012

Mayapple shoots, Feb. 2012, 63131

I see a few Mayapples poking up but haven’t spotted anything else.

Mother Nature is so smart!

Pawpaws in bloom

By Betty Struckhoff

I needed to prune a pawpaw tree that grew too far into another shrub, and rather than just throwing the clippings away, I decided to see if I could get them to bloom.  Here are the results.  Click either image for a larger version.

Pawpaw branch forced to bloom in February by bringing it insideClose-up of pawpaw blooms

More educational opportunities

Know Maintenance Natives

Location: Bowood Farms
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 2 PM
Cost:  Free

All natives aren’t unruly. Some behave quite nicely in the garden with beautiful blooms too. A little attention is all they need to promote flowering and control reseeding and aggressiveness. Come learn about the unique characteristics of native plants and how to integrate them into your landscape with proper plant selection.

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Pagoda Dogwood mystery

What’s going on with my Pagoda Dogwood?  On many branches, the top looks normal but the bottom seems to have been attacked by some critter.  After last night’s talk, my first thought is bees, but our speaker didn’t mention any bees using live branches for nests.  There seem to be little pockets along the bottom side of the stem with tufts sticking out.  Some stems have a narrow line along them.  Always the outer-most portions.

Here are some images – click the thumbnails for a larger version.

It’s over a large part, but not all of the tree.  Some smaller branches are yellowed and appear dead.  Can anyone help me out?

Betty Struckhoff