pet·i·ole   [pet-ee-ohl] The stalk of a leaf, attaching the blade to the stem. Swiss Chard – Petiole source: eflon (Flickr)

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

Urban garden movement takes root: # Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Vines with Stem Cuttings # The Myth of Self Reliance: Toby...

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-21

Pic of the Day: Christoph Niemann Plays With Leaves via @flavorpill # Check out "the toughest groundcovers i rely on" via @margaretroach here: # Check out – # RT @arborday :...

How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

I saw this TED talk a while back and came across it again today. Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how a selection of three common houseplants can result in measurably cleaner indoor air quality. The three plants he references in the video are: Areca Palm...

Pistil (pis·til)

Female reproductive structure of a flower, composed of an ovule-containing ovary at the base, one or more pollen-receiving stigmas at the tip.

The Classic Felco Pruner – F2

I received my first pair of Felco F2’s as a gift while in college. Fourteen years later I still use the same pair regularly. While I have tried many makes and designs of hand pruners over the years, I always return to my trusty F2’s. Despite its higher...

Leaf Scar

The mark left on the twig at the point of attachment of a leaf petiole when the leaf falls. Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) – Leaf Scar


gla·brous (glā’brəs) Smooth without hairiness or roughness. gla·brous   (glā’brəs) Glabrous. Smooth without hairiness or roughness.

Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

The Japanese Cedar, not a true cedar, is a beautiful evergreen and is a worthy consideration when looking for alternatives to more common evergreen selections. Hardy in zones 5-9 this conifer develops a dense pyramidal or conical habit. Overall mature height is about...