Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Quiet Botanical Battles Staged at Princeton Battlefield
The flag in the distance is at half mast, but I don't suppose it has anything to do with the quiet botanical battles going on.
He said their chances of being resistant to the fungus are about 50/50, and as it turns out two of the trees have developed the symptoms of chestnut blight.
Another dogwood close by is getting overwhelmed by wild grape.
Three beautiful dogwoods could be saved by five minutes of horticultural heroism with a pair of loppers, but I doubt anyone has even noticed this botanical battle in full swing. We see here a theme reenacted endlessly on our public lands. The voluminous grass gets mowed, some weeds get whipped, but any maintenance task requiring plant knowledge is left to chance.
A fuller story of chestnuts in Princeton can be found by searching this blog for "chestnut", or clicking on this: http://princetonnaturenotes.blogspot.com/search?q=chestnut.