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  • Six-year anniversary: best of INWIG 2015
    on Mar 4, 2016 in best_of
    According to Blogger I made my first blog post on March 5, 2010 which means today is my six-year anniversary!  One of the main reasons for creating this blog was so I'd document everything I did in the garden, and I have to admit I've...
  • Tap Scrape Tap Tap
    on Mar 3, 2016 in bamboo
    That's the sound that I hear coming from the kitchen whenever the wind blows.Remember the heavy wet snow we had a week ago that bent the bamboo down? A few culms are still out of place, and one of them is touching the kitchen window.***This makes it...
  • A quick visit to Missouri Botanical Garden
    on Mar 2, 2016 in Spring travel trees winter
    Like many, our weekends are shifted one day to Sunday/Monday, and on Mondays we like to get out and do something different and fun. We didn't have a lot of time this past week but we decided to take a quick walk around Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Bamboo work continues
    on Mar 1, 2016 in bamboo bamboo rhizomes
    Yesterday I started talking about rhizome pruning, arguably the best way to control running bamboos.Today a bit more about this, starting with the finished product! This is my Phyllostachys atrovaginata grove newly pruned, the trench visible as a loo...
  • Spring means: rhizome pruning!
    on Feb 29, 2016 in bamboo bamboo rhizomes
    I'm a little ahead of myself as spring is not actually here yet, but late winter is when I prune the rhizomes on my bamboos. This must be done at least once a year (better if I do it a second time in the fall though) in order to keep the bamboos from...
  • Flashback to Springs past
    on Feb 26, 2016 in Spring
    Since spring is holding out and I'm unable to bring myself to get out into the cold to scrounge up some halfhearted photos of crocus or daffodil foliage emerging or whatever, I thought I'd take a quick look back at some things that really cheer me up...
  • Winter trees: last chance?
    on Feb 25, 2016 in trees winter
    I'm hoping this is my last winter trees post for this season, as surely spring is just a week or two away, right?A need to stretch my legs let me discover these wonderful trees at a rest area somewhere between Springfield (Illinois) and St. Louis. Ma...
  • Wednesday Vignette: Bent!
    on Feb 24, 2016 in bamboo snow winter
    A rain/snow mix overnight made things pretty......unless you're a bamboo grower. A bamboo grower who likes upright plants that is, because this morning's word is "bent".***The heavy snow sure does open up the views!I see a few cracked culms, but most...
  • Winter wilds, and reminiscing
    on Feb 23, 2016 in travel trees winter
    Last weekend I was visiting my mother in the Chicago area again. Although I didn't take photos of the trip this time, I did take a hike into the nearby "Forest Preserve". Some pretty scenes on this balmy day (high of about 60ºF/15ºC), and I got to...
  • Thinking about veggies
    on Feb 22, 2016 in bamboo overwintering pond vegetables
    A taste of Spring this weekend had me taking a look at the veggie garden last Thursday, as I thought it would be an ideal time to get some seeds into the ground. Before planting though, it was time to review what was already here.I think I might need...
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