November 9, 2001

A Gardener's Thanks

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many people begin to reflect upon things for which they are thankful. Gardeners are thankful for things that may go unnoticed by non-gardeners.

A GardenerÕs Thanks

Catalogs. We start the list.
New plants, new seeds! (You get the gist.)

Web sites, magazines, good books.
All deserve our second looks.

Fertile soil for growing all
Our favorite plants from spring to fall.

Friends who share their precious finds,
Binding friendships, hearts, and minds.

The Winter Garden

When selecting plants for the home landscape, most trees and shrubs are chosen for their attractive flowers or colorful foliage. Little consideration is usually given to their appearance during the winter months. As a result, many home landscapes are rather boring from November through March. However, there are a number of trees and shrubs that do provide interest during the winter months. These plants possess colorful fruit, attractive bark, an interesting growth habit or form, or even flowers.

Colorful, Persistent Fruit

Woollybear Caterpillars

The woollybear is a common and well-known caterpillar. Though most people have one kind of woollybear in mind, there are 8 or more species in the U.S. that could legitimately be called woollybears because of the dense, bristly hair that covers their bodies. Woollybears are the caterpillar stage of medium sized moths known as tiger moths.