Fall Interest

By Mary Beth Pottratz A small hawk flies against a clear blue sky as I head to the wildflower garden. Golden tamaracks light up the landscape. Their soft needle bases are still pale green. Deep purple asters survived this past week’s hard freeze, sheltered by the forest. Frothy powder puffs of showy goldenrod seedheads stand…

Chew on This!

By Boak Wiesner The first snow of the year fell on me as I made my way around “rhododendron corner.” From hot sun beating down just two days ago, now comes the first snow showers of the year. The rapidity of transitions of the moment-by-moment weather these days astounds me. Trees still have plenty of…

Summer’s Last Hurrah?

By Greg Lecker Not often is one witness to the change from one season to the next.  My last Arboretum came close to sensing this phenomenon.  During the previous week, summer-like high temperatures ranged from the low to mid-70s.    Friday’s “Red in morning – Sailor’s warning” sunrise foreshadowed the coming cold front.  Soft morning breezes…

Fall Jackets

By Mary Beth Pottratz White wispy clouds slowly brush over a welcome blue sky. This morning’s 50⁰ start had me packing my fall jacket. But I leave it in the car as today warms by fifteen degrees.  After another long, rainless spell, I wonder whether we will have much fall color in the metro area….

Patterns and Perturbations

By Boak Wiesner Fall is arriving rapidly. We’ll see some 80’s for highs this week as well as some 30’s for lows. Are these wild fluctuations typical or the norm? Thus, patterns and perturbations were on my mind. Even as I arrived, a perfect example of my theme set itself before me. The colors of…