liriope looking green and hardy in March, snowcaps poking out in December, and those resilient weeds, poison ivy for example, just about everywhere. One bottle of Calamine lotion used to last ten years, but no longer.
Global warming, heat islands created by urban concrete and steel, whatever the reason, the United States Department of Agriculture has made it official, our ZIP code now firmly lands in Zone 6a. The higher the zone number, the warmer the climate. This new zone extends even north of Eight Mile Road.
Likely the true cause is the addition of more subzones, and the recognition that the former sweeping zones were a bit too broad.
If pop stars* and athletes can change their names, I suppose this humble blog could do so also, but then the nice lady from Rockford street might not find it. So, at least for now, the name will remain.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
|Where trillium bloomed Garlic Mustard prevails|
|Purple poison ivy vines|
Insert a narrow spade a few inches from the central base of the weed, press downward on an angle and pop the miscreant right out of business. Tap rooted weeds require full removal to prevent a reappearance.
Garlic mustard, an invasive and agressive weed which allegedly made its way to Zone Five and a Half from Europe, is nakedly visible in early winter. Left unchecked it'll take over the yard and any vacant patch of soil. It will also smother native woodland plants like trillium and trout lilies. Best to remove this pest when its bright green leaves outshine all else.
Point that spade, pop and pull.
Not bad for the waistline, either.