I remember in school when the professor spent a while discussing viruses. He taught us that they are VERY SMART, adaptable organisms.
One virus, the tobacco mosaic virus, has evolved an amazing method of transmission. If any animal brushes up against an infected tobacco plant then touches a non-infected plant, the non-infected plant then is infected.
President tRUMP obviously never had that class in school and/or has totally ignored his advisors who have undoubtably warned him about viruses.
His calm approach reminds this war history buff of the biggest reason for an army to lose a battle-
UNDERESTIMATING ONE’S OPPONENT.
That is what tRUMP is doing now.
It is very likely that many many people are going to lose this battle in the future, and that this single celled organism will be responsible for the downfall of the worst president Americans have ever had.
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Sign by road- we are coming back, promise!
Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico. We overwinter away from the nursery. Turns out EVERY TIME you buy avocados from Stop and Shop, Trader Joe’s, and BIG Y, you are creating demand that results DIRECTLY in the extermination of monarch butterflies in Mexico. Limes too. Check out the blog in my ENVIRONMENT section of this website. None of those companies claimed to know (BULLSHIT) anything about it.
Maybe the days of playing hockey on our beautiful pond are over, with global warming giving our planet the warmest winter temps EVER in Antarctica and Europe. Warmest January on record. We are DOOMED.
Winter flowering native witch hazel flowering on time!
Arnold’s promise witch hazel flowering yesterday- a reliable friend indeed.
Parasol-shaped canopy develops slowly on witch hazel, topping out at ~12’
We screen our own topsoil. It’s covered so that in the spring it’s soft and fluffy and ready for you to spread easily. Zero rocks. That piece of plastic cost us $550- we spare no expense in order to sell the very best to you. I call our topsoil “homeowner soil,” because it’s so easy to shovel around. Perfect pH of 7.0.
Hoopsi blue spruce USED to be my favorite evergreen tree. Not anymore. The “needle cast” fungus that used to be a rarity is now commonplace for some reason. These unsaleable trees used to sell for $800 and up. They are worthless now.
Bald cypress (taxodium disticum) on the other side of the pond. Native from Florida to Maine. Thrives in swamps and desert-like crappy soils. It’s the OLDEST living native tree on the east coast living over 3,000 years. Second longest living tree is nyssa sylvatica at ~700 years, a fact discovered just last summer in the swamps of eastern North Carolina. I planted this tree in 1985 from a two gallon pot. It’s beautiful in the fall when it turns rusty-red and reflects off the dark water of our pond early in the autumnal mornings.
Dawn redwood (metasequoia glyptostroboides) I planted the very same day. They grow twice as fast as bald cypress and beautiful yet just not as beautiful as bald cypress in the fall.
Avondale redbud flower buds getting ready to flower in April. There is no tree that flowers more profusely than Avondale redbud.
Food applied on all our evergreen trees in December. Trees need food in the winter too- otherwise, they turn yellowish-green and are hard if not impossible to sell in the spring.
Winter gives us (me) time to surf in winter.
Incredible bamboo, yellow all year, takes on a classic brown look all winter.
Plants inside our hoop house sleeping till spring.
I heat my entire house with wood, can’t help it. It’s not for everyone, but heating with wood is for me, and I’m of the opinion that once one heats with wood, there is no going back to oil or gas. The heat has a source. The cat and dog lie in front of the stove, life-giving flames visible through the glass.
Im lucky to have this cool salt box with room for six or seven carefully stacked cords under the roof. I bring the wood home in July when it’s still green and recently split. As it seasons, we can smell the white oak terpenes drifting through and around the house. There is something really organic about it. It’s hard work, too, stacking wood. Actually, EVERYTHING about heating with wood is hard, except for the fact that my gas bill is about $45/month all year long.
My son and I brought these cages home yesterday knowing that what was left was insufficient to last through the rest of the winter. We got something accomplished yesterday at least. The dog Peetee wasn’t much help as much as she wanted to be involved, dodging tossed pieces with each and every throw.
The blueberry field in the background got re-mulched, weeded and fed last month during an unfortunate warm spell. Europe had its warmest January EVER in the history of temperature record keeping, and last week, Antarctica recorded a depressing 65f, the highest temperature EVER RECORDED.
tRUMP says global warming is a hoax- asshole! Lots of republicons have spewed this lie for a few decades (insufficient data they say), but tRUMP has had the absolute worst effect on our planet’s chances of turning this thing around. Say goodbye to your favorite species- nice knowing ya!
It’s so depressing to read these items- all across the environmental spectrum mankind is destroying our planet’s long term prospects.
American demand for AVOCADOS is causing the deforestation of the overwintering habitat for our threatened monarch butterflies. The Mexican cartels last week murdered two Mexican environmentalists who have been trying to save the monarch forests. Bodies dumped into wells.
We go to the store to buy food and toss a couplea avocados in the cart and sponsor the extinction of the most amazing insect. Who is going to stop this madness? DON’T BUY MEXICAN AVOCADOS!
When we were picking up the wood, I noticed these bagworms up in a sugar maple tree. They usually have their dangling bags in arborvitae. The scales are from a nearby arborvitae. For some reason, these bugs took the arborvitae foliage to the sugar maple and set up camp there. Why??? I sliced open this bag to show my kid what’s inside, and when I did, I noticed for the first time how damn ingenious the construction of the sleeping bag is. Inside the scaly rough tough impenetrable outer bag is a soft silken inner layer that made me imagine being comfortable in if I were that bug. How many millions of years did it take for that technique to evolve? How many people appreciate the sophistication of the insect world? Most people come to see me to find out which chemical kills them, and as I am in my FIFTH DECADE in this business, I find it harder and harder to help people kill insects. I’m just disgusted by that entire approach to stewardship of our environment.
Overwintering bagworm female disturbed by me yesterday so I could show my son the sophisticated pupating technique this insect evolved over millions of years.
The birch trees out front look awesome at night with their ten watt LED light bulbs shining up through the canopy. Not many trees can boast better looking night time than daytime appearances. Himalayan birch trees- our signature tree.