Welcome. Bring on poinsettias in the Black Hills and beyond. Occasional snow flurries compete with dark clouds, hot apple cider, and decorations featuring eye-catching lights. This is a busy time for man and beast. Final harvest is now over while preparations for Christmas are well underway. And as we can or freeze our harvest (or dry herbs an flowers) we look forward to the social and family pleasures that holidays bring us in this season of sharing meals and gratitude.
December is a month that gardeners generally sit and watch amaryllis or paper white bulbs grow, or they dwell in anguished anticipation of the first seed catalog. Or they read. I’m in that last group and recently finished The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by German forester/ecologist/author Peter Wohlleben.
I was concerned that Wohlleben’s book might be as fanciful and generally ridiculous as Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird’s The Secret Life of Plants (1973) in which in spurious “tests” plants were shown to prefer classical music and register pain in the presence of a broken egg. more
Houseplant Pest Problems Likely to Increase. Even though it is now the middle of November, it still feels more like the middle or even the beginning of October. Last week I even heard that some people were still harvesting tomatoes from their garden! We had better enjoy the warmer weather while we can because we all know that more seasonal weather is on its way and soon our landscape will take on a more wintery appearance. With the colder weather on the way, many gardeners turn to indoor gardening activities instead.