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It's been a lively week here at Marsh Botanical Garden on both the floral and faunal fronts!
On the animal side, we rescued a skunk that had gotten trapped in a window well, one of our bee hives swarmed, and the koi fish began spawning. As for the plants, the banana trees have begun flowering and the fringe trees are in full bloom. We've also harvested our first batch of peas from the veggie garden!
Come stop by and see for yourself all the wonders that this week's wet weather has brought!
The Irises are just beginning to bloom! Come visit.
We are seeking volunteer docents who are interested in providing interpretion of our greenhouse and garden collections and facilities for visitors. For more information, please contact Eric Larson at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Beginning immediately, we have a volunteer docent available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, who will be offering tours. The tours will be at 11:00 and 2:00. We ask that you call first if you are planning to join us, so that we can make sure that the volunteer is ready for you. Thanks!
We are glad to welcome volunteers from the McDougall Center here at Yale, for an afternoon of work in the garden. We will be engaged in every sort of gardening activity from one-thirty to three-thirty on Sunday, July 28.
I realized over the course of the last few columns that I start out every one with a lament or description of the weather. This worn-out form of human interaction is next to useless for those readers in far climes, so I will self-edit this portion out of the process. The local weather conditions can be ascertained elsewhere. As for effects on plants and gardens (and gardeners): water what is dry, protect yourself from the sun and the heat and drink lots of liquids.
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July 5, 2013
Welcome to the New New England Summer, where it feels like the Delaware River Valley when I first moved there from Kentucky in the 1980’s. It’s like living in a plastic bag. The heat and humidity are more intense every day, with very few breaks of nice clear low humidty sunny days. Fortunately we have a... Read more »
June 8, 2013
We are having another one of those Junes: the cloudy days have outnumbered the sunny ones and, except for the last week of May, temperatures have been below the average means for those dates. Meanwhile, tornadoes and severe storms rake across the Midwest and droughts and wildfires ravage the R... Read more »
Number Liquid Sunshine
June 7, 2013
First a couple of errata and mea culpae. My well-educated and erudite correspondent from Arne Herbs (http://www.arneherbs.co.uk/) in Bristol, UK bemoaned the sad state of the education available at Yale. I quote here: “Slug….arthropod... Read more »
May 24, 2013
After a couple of weeks away, much has changed. We broke the ‘drought’ that had me somewhat worried and are now in a rainy spell that has my lettuce patch somewhat worried. Given the choice between a slug of whiskey, a slug as in a bullet... Read more »
Saturday May 18, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For the first time, we are opening the greenhouse doors on a Saturday for the general public to visit. Volunteer docents will be on hand to answer questions for the visitors who are encouraged to walk through on self-guided tours. The tropical diversity collections include many fruiting plants, from bananas to mangos. The desert house and the carnivorous plant collection are two of our signature plant collections. Please join us. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted.... Read more »