WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? When I first moved to our house in Samsonville in 2012, I thought about cutting this red maple tree. It is stunted looking and it’s form is “okay.” However, I can’t think of a red maple with better foliage; It’s always a brilliant redContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Fall foliage was sort of “sub-par” this year. Can’t really complain. The last 2 years have been awesome. Normally, I don’t notice American beech for its fall foliage, but this year beech seemed better than normal. Instead of a brown-drab, beech was showing aContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Over the last 2 days, I’ve been cutting trees over in Pawling, Dutchess County for a study led by SUNY ESF for improving habitat for New England cotton-tails. Burning bush is an exotic shrub that has become common in many parts of the HudsonContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I have showed this red maple tree’s foliage in previous posts. The tree sits in front of my house; It’s foliage is one of the best I know of, despite this year being terrible for red maple in general. When I first moved toContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Found some photos from last year during this time. We grafted a member’s apple trees on almost the same day in May of 2017. Note the difference in “green” & the flowering apple tree from last year & the lack of much of anythingContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? The maple trees have now long turned yellow and red and dropped their leaves. Last week I mentioned how oak were then reaching peak foliage. Now, it’s the American beech’s turn. Their foliage can be surprisingly good. Sometimes they just turn brown, but thisContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Maples are finally letting go of their leaves down here in central Ulster County. Now it’s the oaks turn. White oak and red oak are beginning to turn a beautiful burgundy red. The Hudson Valley seems pretty late this year for foliage; some treesContinue Reading