Thursday, October 29, 2009
The red plants in from of the mixed planting are Iteas, Itea virginica 'Little Henry'. This is another native, a shrub, that turns this great color in fall and holds on to a portion of its leaves well into winter.
Ours will be added to the existing collection of over 650,000 specimens. We just recently learned that the Herbarium will be able to stay in place through the renovation of the Administration Building scheduled to begin late next year.
Joan found her under a tarp covering a huge pull-behind leaf vacuum. I chased her (the spider) around for while trying to get a shot that included the hourglass and failed. Eventually I picked her up by a thread that she'd spun and lowered her quickly. She ended up on her back and I snapped the picture. I feel a little bad at having deprived her of her dignity for the sake of a photograph, but on the upside (for her) we didn't kill her. She crawled between two huge wet slabs of oak and I don't expect to see her again. Black-widows are fairly dangerous animals; usually bites don't result in death but once in a while they do. They like it dark and moist and were traditionally habitues of privies; the numbers of bites has declined steeply as indoor plumbing has replaced outhouses.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This plant had not a hint of color on Friday. Less than 4 days later it's beautiful.A nice smallish Chinese Maple, it seems to grow fairly quickly and is, so far, free of debilitating diseases. This a a taxa that Amanda has been monitoring for the past year.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Coming in for lunch, I drove past the giant Willow Oak in the Crape Myrtle Nursery. I stopped actually to look at the Crape Myrtle that was sitting in a pool of sunlight. I decided to shoot through it at the Oak instead. I wonder how many times that tree has been photographed?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
And while we're at it, one of the few well grown examples of Cotinus obovatus, our native Smoketree, at the Arboretum, sits adjacent to Powhatan and, thanks to the large number of visitors, got a good share of the admiration and compliments that it so justly deserves. Joan and Amy and I collected seed of C. obovatus on a trip, summer last, so more plants grown from seed from non-cultivated plants will eventually be making their way out into the world.