If you’re ready to jump into outside activities, here are some opportunities to help out.
Creve Coeur Park – honeysuckle removal, March 3 and April 14.
Castlewood State Park – honeysuckle removal, March 10.
Annual Trash Bash – at the Confluence and Creve Coeur, March 24.
By Betty Struckhoff
Witch-hazel flowers, Feb. 2012, 63131
Despite our very mild winter, my Witch hazel is blooming later than normal.
Mayapple shoots, Feb. 2012, 63131
I see a few Mayapples poking up but haven’t spotted anything else.
Mother Nature is so smart!
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.
The St. Louis County Department of Planning and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced the Native Commons demonstration project. Grant funds in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to a subdivision in unincorporated St. Louis County to fund the transition of common ground to a native landscape.
Know Maintenance Natives
Location: Bowood Farms
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 2 PM
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.
Attend a day of seminars, demonstrations, exhibits and workshops featuring both nationally and locally-recognized horticulture professionals. This event is produced by the Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden, in association with the St. Louis Master Gardeners.
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.
The upper side of the branches look normal
The underside of the branches, showing damage
Little pockets along the bottom of the stems
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?