At long last, after a miserable winter across most of the eastern US, warbler season is finally upon us! Earlier this month I heard by first Louisiana Waterthrush of the year, a robust fountainhead of bird song echoing from a small wooded stream. It won’t be much longer before the headlong rush towards the boreal forests is joined in earnest, and I’ll be trying to get outside as often as possible to take it all in. Can any of us do any less?
When Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle’s The Warbler Guide came out in 2013, it was hailed as perhaps the finest example of a family-specific field guide yet. I even said as much, calling it a “quantum-leap forward” in the way family guides are produced. Part of its greatness lied in the way that the information was laid out, with a premium paid towards comparison of similarly positioned…
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I suppose you are all waiting on this tree:And it’s ultimate disposition too?
Ok, but you’re gonna learn a bit about metallurgy, cloning, and whatever else my twisted imagination may come up with. Ready? Here’s a look at the trunk:Notice the bulbous quality. I’ll get to that a bit later. Cloning and all.
First step is a bit of clean-up. This is a ficus salicaria (a willow-leaf ficus, often called nerifolia or salicifolia). It’s a prolifically budding ficus that needs serious pruning in the growing season.
A little off the top:
I believe this is the front. Mainly because this is definitely the back.
Now, if you remember the premise of this post (which I described in the lastpost), I was challenged to create a semi-cascade out of a willow leaf ficus. This was a challenge set out by none other than Heart Throb Seth…
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