Hurricanes: bane for birds, boon for birders

Originally posted on Our Fine Feathered Friends:
During a program I presented on birds and birding at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, an attendee asked me if I knew what happens to birds in a hurricane? The question, no doubt prompted by such recent storms as Harvey and Irma, is of particular concern now that many of our favorite birds are migrating south along paths… Continue reading Hurricanes: bane for birds, boon for birders

Plant of the Week ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Originally posted on Compassionate Roots:
Betula pendula botanical art This week we are taking a look at the enchanting tree ~ Betula pendula, commonly known as Silver Birch. It is truly a sight to behold with it’s striking white bark and delicate catkins in spring. The distinct triangular-shaped green leaves turn yellow in autumn before dropping to the ground to reveal the beautiful bare trunks of… Continue reading Plant of the Week ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Selecting material for bonsai part III (Looking for bargains)

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
In the articles Collecting material for Bonsai I and II discussions on how and where to find potential material included. Unwanted plants from gardens, waste sites, areas designated for development, roadside ditches and of course the wild all of which require permission to obtain. Other sources are arboretums, which are great places to visit, but due to their vast acreage… Continue reading Selecting material for bonsai part III (Looking for bargains)

Selecting material for bonsai part III (Looking for bargains – update)

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
As stated in the article posted August 3rd 2017 now is the time when the local nurseries or garden centres start selling their stock at reduced prices and thus many bargains can be had quite cheaply. Although a proportion of trees and shrubs will show signs of fatigue, hidden amongst them one can find some good specimens for example, the… Continue reading Selecting material for bonsai part III (Looking for bargains – update)