How does your garden grow? Not very well, is the answer. I have let it go this year, it has been taken over by weeds.
I don't mind this one, because the hummingbirds love it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to catch one on camera, they are too quick. Even more unfortunately, the leaves of this weed show cloration - a characteristic loss of chlorophyll thanks to vehicular emissions that are poisoning it along with every other form of vegetation.
The shriveled leaves of a winter-blooming peach are indicative of the distress it suffers.
The leaves of butterfly bush are exhibiting the same symptoms.
I have several varieties of hydrangea in varying degrees of degradation:
When I was young, there was a very ancient lady who lived in isolation, in a dilapidated Victorian house, across the street from my home. In the back of her land was an even more decrepit shed, which was no doubt structurally unsound, and was swathed with a rampant Concord grape. In the fall, I loved to sneak up the vine and sit on the mossy shake roof, where I would pick the deep purple grapes, squeeze out the tart center, to suck on the sweet nectar that lined the inner part of the skin until it was gone, and then I would spit it out onto the ground below. The thought of that intense scent conjures up so many visceral sensory memories of sparkling autumn skies, the velvet look of the fruit, the ecstatic joy of being alone, hidden, my whereabouts unknown to anyone else, to think about what ever I wanted, surrounded by nature's bounty.
So it was with great anticipation several years ago when I planted a Concord grape to climb my porch, and watched with peaceful happiness as it grew...until this year.
I was back in the city of Brotherly Love sooner than expected, and a brief walk on a lovely bright afternoon on the venerable UPenn campus yielded tree after tree that is miserably compromised.
This next to last picture, believe it or not, is an American Elm. How it survived Dutch Elm Disease when so many tens of thousands did not, I do not know. But it isn't going to survive ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrates, look how thin the crown is. What a loss. I made Sophie stand in front of it so you can click on it to see how impressively enormous it is.
Oh well, I guess the squirrels like this one will have to survive finding garbage to eat instead of nuts from trees.
- BASIC PREMISE + Research Links about Dying Trees
- Five Radio Interviews, Video of Fall Foliage + Contact Information
- More Links to Recent Research
- Visit the Apocalypsi Library at the End of the World
- Pillage, Plunder & Pollute, LLC - free download AND watch the movie - The Silent War on Trees
- Whispers From the Ghosting Trees - Guest Post at Greg Laden's Science Blog
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
- ► 2016 (14)
- ► 2015 (33)
- ► 2014 (37)
- ► 2013 (113)
- ► 2012 (179)
- ► 2011 (299)
- ► 2010 (383)
- Cascading Synergy
- We Are All Watermelon Now
- the letter that started the nursery notice
- The Overpopulation Canard
- Sometimes, I haz a sadz
- Every year the Essex Fox Hounds holds the Hunter T...
- State of Calamity
- What's killing the Aspen?
- Tonight on the TeeVee
- Greenman Video
- A Toad
- CBC News - Technology & Science - Polar ice sheets...
- The Smoking Gun
- Stop and Smell the Roses
- The Age of Stupid
- "How to Address Climate and Air Quality Simultaneo...
- The Parallel Universe
- Message from Bill McKibbon, founder of 350.org
- A Lovely Video
- THE Explanation for Just About Everything
- Extreme Ice
- Nom de Plume
- say it ain't so...
- Thank You For Not Breeding
- hint: it wasn't global warming
- Stolen from Mind Over Blather
- What Paul Gilding Told Me to Tell My Children
- Six Degrees
- Message from Paul Gilding
- Must See!
- Labor Day
- Oh, never mind about the trees. We are so doomed!
- Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
- Squealing (Catastrophic Bifurcations)
- Help Wanted
- Dire Emergency
- Exchange of Messages with the Doris Duke Charitabl...
- ▼ September (42)
My Blog List
Never believe the Official Story6 years ago
A Modest Proposal3 years ago
Top Episodes3 years ago
Here’s Your Proof6 years ago
Signs Posted In 20201 year ago
Stunning recovery of Arctic Sea Ice10 years ago
THE COMING CRISIS HAS MOVED!8 years ago
The Politics of Extinction2 weeks ago
Moderate PM 2.5 along West Coast4 years ago
Post a Comment