Category Archives: Trees and Shrubs


The year of 2006 was a year of masting. The Summer of 2007, a lot of immature acorns dropped, and 2007 was not a year of masting. This Spring, there was an abundance of catkins. Piles of them could be seen where the wind had blown them against road edges. Whether or not 2009 proves […]


Snow at last! Here it is February 2nd, Groundhog Day, the middle of the Winter season, but now it actually looks like Winter. I never would have thought that I would actually have missed the stuff, but it sure is good to see some. Now if all of my plants haven't frozen solid and died […]


The deep freeze of Winter has set in. For a while I was beginning to wonder. I still wonder. The first lasting snowfall in the Pioneer Valley has always been at different times. I remember years when it was before Halloween and other years when it was after Christmas. But here it is the end […]

Last and First

The last of the flowers are gone for this Autumn and Winter is fast approaching. In my list of Wildflowers the last plant to be in flower – on around November 11, is Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana An unusual characteristic is that it flowers after it's leaves have died. Each flower with it's 4, very […]


Acorns, lot's of them. Every few years Oak trees produce an excessively abundant crop of acorns. And I don't mean individual trees, but, with some degree of variation, all trees. In any given year, either they do, or they don't, as a group. This phenomenon is known as Masting. The species as a whole benefits […]