Friday, July 18, 2008

Signs of Summer #2 - Lightning Strikes White Pine Afterall

White Pine (Pinus strobus) is one of the great 5 needle natives for the midwest. One of the more ornamental pines in maturity, it is thought to be somewhat resistant to lightning. Mother Nature is always making exceptions to our rules...

Signs of Summer #1

For a fast-growing, shade tolerant, heat resistant, all season colorful native shrub, Diervilla lonicera (Dwarf Bushhoneysuckle) is one of the best. For a woodland border plant, it is extremely site tolerant and works well in many urban locations.

If honeybees are any indicator, Diervilla is high on the scale of fine nectar as well.