The Middlebury Landscape

October 30, 2010

Some Late Fall Color

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 7:03 pm  Tagged ,

We’re in the bitter end of fall here, at least in terms of foliage. To me, this is when trees really start to shine. Maybe it’s all the bare trees nearby, or the perpetually cloudy skies, but the remaining foliage seems to take on an extra glow, or maybe urgency. Foliage colors that wouldn’t have […]

October 25, 2010

Strange Fruit Falling from the Moon

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:48 pm  Tagged

Every year, people working in Facilities start bringing me these tennis ball sized fruit. Last year, I decided to have some fun, and started freaking people out, acting incredulous they were actually touching them, and insisting they go wash their hands immediately, or terrible things would happen. This year I’m pretending they fell off the […]

October 7, 2010

Leaf Color

Filed under: Insects and Diseases,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:16 pm  Tagged , , ,

I’ve been reading quite a bit this fall in various newspapers, web sites, etc. about the science of leaf change, and I thought, well, heck, there goes another blog post. I don’t see the sense to retread ground others are covering. By now, you’ve probably read that leaf color changes by the shortening of day-length […]

September 22, 2010

Tree Planting 2010

Filed under: Landscape,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:52 am  Tagged , , ,

Of all the work we do here in the landscape department, some of the best is the tree planting. Think of our landscape at Middlebury as a living organism, changing and evolving. Trees have a lifespan, like us, only measured not in decades but hopefully in centuries, for the best and strongest. Site vagaries not […]

September 19, 2010

Big Huge Icky Giant Tar Spot

Filed under: Insects and Diseases,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 3:50 pm  Tagged ,

The study of plant diseases made me terribly depressed in school, but also made me laugh on occasion. I imagined two plant pathologists walking around, looking at sick leaves. Of course, each of them wouldn’t admit to the other that they didn’t know or recognize some strange disease, so they’re making up names as they […]

August 16, 2010

The Plums are (nearly) ripe

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 6:45 pm  Tagged

I may be risking excommunication. The landscape department, probably like many others across campus, has its share of secrets, little things nobody else knows about. My inside mole at the Grille keeps me updated when the linzertorte cookies are around. The view from the Bi-Hall roof after a snowstorm is spectacular. And, there’s a pretty […]

August 3, 2010

Lightning Strike

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:29 pm  Tagged , ,

Our wild and crazy summer weather here at Middlebury continues, this time with a tree being struck by lightning. (Side note to the faithful readers out there. I feel for you-has this blog been getting depressing lately? With vandalism, more vandalism, storms, more storms, even still more storms, and disease,  it seems like the Middlebury Landscape […]

July 12, 2010

When Good Plants go Bad

Filed under: Insects and Diseases — Tim Parsons @ 7:49 pm  Tagged , ,

My most depressing year at the University of Vermont would have been my junior year. All plant and soil science majors took Plant Pathology that year, two semesters worth. For all of you non-science plant geeks, plant pathology deals with diseases of plants-basically anything except insects. Virus, fungi, bacteria, even abiotic problems were addressed. After a […]

June 24, 2010

Another Day, another storm

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:56 pm  Tagged , ,

The storms certainly keep coming, and, worryingly, the trees keep succumbing.  Today at 3:30 a very brief but intense cell blasted through campus. We’d lost power for a little bit, I don’t know why. The weather station recorded about 1/4″ of rain in 15 minutes, with a peak wind gust of 35 mph, from the north. […]

June 7, 2010

If a Tree Falls…

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 4:23 pm  Tagged , ,

I’m not much of a Twitterer, although I’ve been called a twit many times.I don’t want to get tweets on my cell-my phone vibrates so violently at the slightest ring or text message that while weeding I end up shrieking like my 10 year old thinking I just weeded a bee’s nest. But I do […]

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