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Home Is Where The Heart Is..And The Lungs, and Toes, and... chatfield.1@osu.edu Fri, 05/15/2020 - 06:58
It is the season of our own inner and outer landscapes, Wake up and (hopefully) smell the coffee and enjoy what is close to our plant-loving hearts.
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Secrest: Apres le Gel chatfield.1@osu.edu Thu, 05/14/2020 - 14:38
After the 26F frost (apres le gel) at Secrest Arboretum on the morning of May 9 there was damage, but still much to enjoy, and far more to come.
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Crabdronia II: A Peak Peek chatfield.1@osu.edu Mon, 05/11/2020 - 17:05
The peak for OSU's Secrest Arboretum crabapples arrived this Friday, after which the frostman cometh. See the latest drone of Crablandia
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Erik Draper
Jason Veil

Crabmania 2018

Crabapple bloom was at its best in Ohio this year. Prolonged in southern Ohio, but compressed but spectacular and late in central and northern Ohio. Check out a few highlights here.
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Roadside Rest: Living in the Moment

One of the things I ask my Sustainable Landscape Maintenance students at the end of the semester is to expound upon 10 Things They Learned in class. Most of these are the core of the course: including plant selection and knowledge, plant pest, plant maintenance, invasive species examples. Pete Grantham of Akron though, added:

 

  I learn from you so much about living in the moment, talked to me about your hitchhiking [the old days] and how you think it’s fun to run out of gas. These moments that others would consider worrisome are...

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Crabapples in China

  One of the more pleasant e-mails I have received in recent memory was from my friend and colleague Dr. Ling Guo of the Beijing Botanic Gardens. It read: “Jim, would you please come to Beijing for Crabapple Conference in April 14-19 for one hour talk. All expenses paid.  Hmm, let’s see. Yes!  Fortunately, for my talkative nature it turned out to be a bit more than that one hour talk, not including the translations, but what a deal. 

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Diagnostic Double-Take: Scorch or Scab

  Last Friday, outside our bank in Orrville, Ohio, I espied a crabapple tree with a carpet of brown leaves underneath the tree. On first glance, I imagined this to be due to leaf scorch and then leaf drop due to recent dry weather. After all, we are almost eight inches below normal over the past three months in many northeast Ohio areas. Made sense. I was simply following Question #4 of the 20 Questions of Plant Diagnostics: What Do You See That Looks Abnormal?
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