Monday Memories 10-19-2015

Ah, Monday.
Aside from Friday, what day brings more emotion to the surface than good ‘ol Monday? =-)

General Pruning Techniques for Trees and Shrubs

Acer x f. Autumn Blaze® 'Jeffersred' 1Many factors must be considered when pruning any type of shrub or tree. Proper pruning technique is necessary, and is described further at Trees are Good. Identification of the plant, along with knowing it’s growth or habit, flowering schedule, and reason for pruning, is also imperative.

Pruning of dead, dying, or diseased limbs should be done at anytime. The 3 D’s! Many problems can be avoided if the problems are not allowed to spread throughout the tree or even to the neighboring trees.

When dealing with deciduous trees and shrubs, there are four types of pruning categories: inconspicuous blooming, early blooming, late blooming, and fruits.


How to Prepare Your Houseplants to Come Back in For the Winter

imageI then give everyone a dose of soap! It is best to have the plants wet before you spray the soap on as it will stay liquid longer to smother any offenders. Don’t forget the trunks. So, this is what it’s like to be a mass murderer… 😉

Oh, a note about frugality…. I love being able to make a concoction for 10¢ instead of paying $13.99 for something… HOWever, do not use dish soap in lieu of horticultural soap. Dish soap nowadays does not have the fatty-acids that aid adhesion and they are mostly made of detergents that will be harsh on the leaves.


Happy Halloween!!

2012-06-23 13.26.23Halloween now is completely different from when I grew-up. When I was a small child, we would get many homemade treats like caramel apples, popcorn balls, brownies, and rice crispy treats. We ran from house to house, filling our pillowcases with enough sugar to off 100 diabetics.

Then there was the one asshole that put a razor blade in an apple. Boom, no more homemade treats, everything must be store-bought, prepackaged candy. That was OK by us kids, surely dentists were happy! We weren’t allowed to snack until Mom & Dad looked at all of our candy and pulled out their favorites.. The price of being a child… Harrumph!

Then there was the sicko that lured a small boy into his house. Boom, no more trick or treating without an adult. Those old folks can’t keep-up to make one night of treating worth going. That’s when all the parties started. Many park districts, libraries, and churches started having gatherings where candy and activities were in abundance. I was getting a bit too old to trick or treat at this point.



Circumhorizontal Arc – Rainbow Halos!!wpid-20130914_133923.jpg

For a Circumhorizontal arc (CA) to be visible, the Sun must be at least 58 degrees high in the sky and where cirrus clouds are present. Additionally, the copious, flat, hexagonal ice-crystals that compose the cirrus cloud must be aligned horizontally to properly refract sunlight in a collectively similar manner. In principle, a CA is a type of halo. These happen a few times a year here in the Midwest. Other lower latitudes don’t get to see these at all.


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

19 thoughts on “Monday Memories 10-19-2015

  1. it’s a little sad to look back and to see how different howl-o-ween is today… trick&treating was common here on st. martins day, butt it was the same… only pre-packed candy and there was always an adult with us … and mostly the wettest blanket ever what went mad when we tried to throw with eggs or tp-rolls :o(


  2. Sad how Halloween has had to change – along with just about any innocent childhood activity. Your dogs look cute 🙂
    I’m thinking I was a bit late pruning my trees this year. Most are starting to regrow, but the Eugenia, my ‘weed’, is still hanging back. I hope it wakes up soon – I don’t want to go thro summer with no shade in may back garden!!


  3. I knew there was a name for those halos! I was trying to figure it out the other day and got nowhere. Now I know (/will have to come back here to remember it, because I am not going to remember that name easily on my own).


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