29, 2007 07:59 PST
Bob and the rest of ENTS,
I sent an email about 4 hours ago and it still has to arrive
cyberspace so please excuse the repeat. Spring has sprung in St.
The high temps are in the mid to upper 70s with the lows in the
(unusal for March. This is mid to late April weather). People
thier windows open and are starting to mow grass. The maples,
persimmons have bloomed had past. The daffadils, spring
violets, tulips, and other flowers that I don't know the names
blooming. Irises are budding and the lillies are growing thier
Most of the trees are blooming are starting to bud out. The
from work has about a 1 to 1-1/2 mile section which winds its
through some developed woods along a little creek and is
now has the red buds or in full bloom. (on a side note: There is
white bud in bloom two blocks from my apartment. I have pics if
would like to send you them) In people's yards there are plum,
crabapple, and bradford pears blooming.
Spring's a commin
29, 2007 10:29 PST
Spring has sprung here in St. Louis. People are
mowing the grass, windows are opened, and flowers are
blooming (daffiolds, spring beauties, along with
others that I don't know the names). Other flowers
are budding such as tulips and irises. Our maples,
elms, and persimmons are done blooming. The red buds
are in full bloom with the dogwoods right behind. The
oaks and hickories are about ready to bust out. The
frogs are croaking and your windshield is now starting
its annual collection of dead bugs. I saw the first
of many dandlion blooms this past weekend.
Spring's a commin, WV
30, 2007 07:32 PST
Spring has finally hit West Virginia.
Last week the trout lilies hit in a big way and in just four
days they are
already going to seed. On Monday of this week the bloodroot
flower. Today, I noticed that the blue Cohosh has popped up and
about 10" tall.
Most of the ground cover has not emerged yet but sugar maple,
and acorn seeds are sprouting
None of the trees are leafing out yet...except the understory
Red maple started flowering heavily about a week ago and the
started to flower yesterday. Today I saw the first of the
boxelder flowering and
I think I might have seen the beginning of sugar maples
In some areas the faint greenish yellow of spice bush flowers is
add a little color.
I've been fortunate the past couple of weeks because where I
working I have been serenaded by ruffed grouse looking for love
and an unusually
vocal bunch of ravens. Every morning wherever you are in rural
WV you can
hear turkeys gobble.
But...nothing beats spring peepers!
02, 2007 04:20 PDT
I keep track of theses guys. I saw my first bumble bee on
guys amaze me like the pleasing fungus beetle. As you well know
to the laws of aerodynamics, bumble bees cannot fly. "
Pithy Points number
Did you know that the for the buds to open, the starch stored at
the base of
the bud is transformed back to glucose. In doing so it creates a
that forces the bud open. Many of the old text books would have
that water comes into the new vessels and pushes the buds open.
with that theory is that the new xylem is not formed yet. You
can see the
starch I refer too at www.treedictionary.com. See
John A. Keslick, Jr.
02, 2007 16:38 PDT
05, 2007 01:59 PDT
In central West Virginia the tulip poplar hasn't started to
flower yet but
the red maple is in full throttle.
Redbud started heavily on April 2 and 3 and yesterday the first
trees started to flower yesterday, April 3.
Red elm has mature seed on it and wind dispersal is underway
Today, April 4 striped maple buds started to break and the
trees have just started to leaf out.
However...we are going to have a big freeze over the next couple
of days and
I think it is going to hit the young cherry and poplar leaves
05, 2007 05:55 PDT
Our red maples in the south (i.e. Minneapolis) started blooming
28th of March also, but red buds and magnolia blooms are still
at least two
weeks away. Now the red maples must regret the decision to bloom
since it was 15 degrees yesterday morning and this morning.
compared to the north (i.e. Ely MN and Marquette MI). A foot of
yesterday in northern MN , and more than 2 feet in Upper
including the Porcupine Mountains, where winds have been
sustained at over
40 mph for the last two days. Waves on Lake Superior are running
high. That's normal weather for April in the North.
lightning, and snow
06, 2007 20:08 PDT
We've had some really brutal weather in NE Ohio for this time of
year, with a high on Monday of 80F, followed by high winds, lake
snow, and very cold temps--we haven't been above freezing for 3
with lows in the low 20's, and even thunder and lightning and
showers. The city plows are out clearing the streets right now.
In landscapes all the saucer and star magnolias were starting to
blossom, as were the oriental cherries--now all spent, as if
our garden center we've micro-foamed and milky-filmed the trees
were in bloom or breaking bud, I hope they'll get through the
still be saleable in the early season.
08, 2007 04:39 PDT
It'll be interesting to see what happens here: dogwood and
tulips are in
full bloom, leaves are on the elms, silver maple and starting
too creep out
in some of the tulip-poplars [in the heat island of Richmond,
KY] when we
got hit with 5 nights of below freezing weather, including 3
nights in the
lower 20s F and a trace of snow yesterday evening. So far, so
good. I guess,
however, that is the result of hundreds of thousands of yrs of
selection in the midwestern US. So far it looks like they are
going to shrug
Buds and Dogwoods
11, 2007 06:23 PDT
Bob and all,
About a week or so ago you asked about the red buds in Missouri
southern Illinois. I'm just now getting around to replying.
seems to be a line down the Mississippi River. There are plenty
buds with a few dogwoods in Missouri but very few in Illinois. I
if this is because most of the growth in Illinois is 2nd or 3rd
I am going to try to turn this around, at least on our family
just got 25 dogwoods and 25 red buds to plant next week. All of
trees or about 1-2 years old. Last year I planted 25 overcup and
swamp white oaks there.
We have about 2 acres of ground that is no longer tillable due
creek that moved. I tried to get in a program to replant it
state but they turned me down due to lack of funds. I guess I
to do this on my own also. I am going to wait until my nephew
alpha crop (deer plot) growing for one year then I will plant
the next spring. The alpha should keep the weeds down. The thing
need to research is how many trees/acre I should plant in this
bottom using mainly oaks and hickorys.
on Redbuds & Dogwoods
11, 2007 15:53 PDT
Redbuds here in Ohio are more frequently found in in calcareous
so they are more common in the western part of the state, while
seem to be more prevalent in areas with soils derived from
None of the native or planted redbuds or dogwoods are in bloom
yet in N
Ohio, but trees on our nursery sales lot are in full bloom due
warmer root zones of dug or potted trees. On of the most
redbud varieties is "Appalachia Red", with
neon-raspberry flowers that
seem to glow. The original tree was found in Maryland. I've
link to a photo(taken today) of the flowers.
Farm in Illinois
12, 2007 07:15 PDT
First, sorry about all the typos in my last message, I was extremely
tired at the time. One of the things I like to do with visitors
drive them to the pasture/woods. I park on the outside in the
then we cross the gate trying not to snagged on the barb wire.
walk up into a clearing about 30 feet east then turn towards the
and walk southwest following a cow path for about another 30-40
After ducking the branches of the honey locust we come out on
side of the pond. We continue walking around with the pond on
and head east again. To our right there is small to medium size Osage
orange and many small hickoys and oaks. As we head east we go
gradual slope then we hang a right and head south back up the
you get to the top of the rise you then can see the massive
trunk on the
black oak. Most people can hardly believe the size of it. But
only relative to what they are accustomed of seeing. All of us
I love just sitting on of the many branches that have fallen
from my old
friend and thinking and wondering. Sometimes I have seen ants
the tree and start to try and imagine finding a tree that is as
me as this tree is to the ant. I wonder about what all this tree
seen. although I am not sure of it's age (trunk is hollow making
for some critter or another), I am sure that it saw the arrival
man to the area. It has seen many of its sisters and brothers
its offspring cut down, the decline and rise the deer, bobcat,
and coyote populations. It possibly saw the disappearance of cougars,
prairie chickens, bears and other life in the area. Even though
friend is very old (compared to me) I was happy this spring to
it had started to leave out, but sadden to know the extreme cold
below 30 for six days straight) might have damage this new
given its age it probably as seen this before.
18, 2007 07:34 PDT
The Magnolia Trees are starting to bloom here, quite a site to
I'll get some photos for you guys in Yankee Land, Bob. The Big
Magnolias have flowers 10-12" across, growing in the
understory of the
forest. An awesome tree reaching about 40' tall and 12" Dia.
I know of a
grove of them, near Black Creek containing approx. 50 trees!
Grandiflora has many more flowers and grows everywhere. Hope you
have a good gathering at Cook Forest, post lots of photos! See