Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tree damage

Folks at the Morris Arboretum are doing what the rest of us are - surveying the damage of the recent winter storms, cleanly sawing broken branches and hauling away what's fallen on the ground. Readers are worried about their trees and shrubs. How about a 40-year-old Japanese maple that was bent to the ground? Long-growing vines that were ripped away from the walls they've been climbing for decades? The good news is that all these things are extremely resiliant and given time, will likely pop back up or attach to the wall. The Japanese maple is already upright. My Colorado blue spruce was so weighed down with heavy snow, I worried the branches would snap. I gently nudged the snow off with a broom and am happy to report that the branches look OK - not great, but not hanging down, either. This photo was taken at the arboretum more than a week ago. Many paths weren't even cleared yet and staff was just taking away damaged branches. A radio report this morning lamented the damage to cherry trees in Washington. Already people are talking about the cherry blossoms which can only mean one thing: No matter the damage, no matter what else we have to endure in the remaining weeks of winter, spring is coming. Bet you can't wait.

Tree damage

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Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

Folks at the Morris Arboretum are doing what the rest of us are - surveying the damage of the recent winter storms, cleanly sawing broken branches and hauling away what's fallen on the ground. Readers are worried about their trees and shrubs. How about a 40-year-old Japanese maple that was bent to the ground? Long-growing vines that were ripped away from the walls they've been climbing for decades? The good news is that all these things are extremely resiliant and given time, will likely pop back up or attach to the wall. The Japanese maple is already upright. My Colorado blue spruce was so weighed down with heavy snow, I worried the branches would snap. I gently nudged the snow off with a broom and am happy to report that the branches look OK - not great, but not hanging down, either. This photo was taken at the arboretum more than a week ago. Many paths weren't even cleared yet and staff was just taking away damaged branches. A radio report this morning lamented the damage to cherry trees in Washington. Already people are talking about the cherry blossoms which can only mean one thing: No matter the damage, no matter what else we have to endure in the remaining weeks of winter, spring is coming. Bet you can't wait. 

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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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