They're Still Here

One of the advantages of living in the Midwest is the pronounced change that comes with each new season. Autumn in particular is anticipated largely because of the wonderful coloration of foliage. As the daylight lessens and the temperature get cooler our plants also adjust. Trees and shrubs transport material from the leaves for storage, and for the deciduous species the leaves are shed, although for some plants (especially oaks and beech) the leaves take some time, often months, to detach. This gradual and delayed dropping is called marcescence. Sometimes the temperature gets too cold in the fall too quickly, interrupting the normal process of senescence which leads to leaf drop, Whe

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.