WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, I never seem to have luck with my planted serviceberries. Serviceberries–also known as Juneberry, shadblow, bilberry, or shadbush–seem to grow well in the Catskills, but just as they really begin to fruit, they “fall apart.” Before fully ripening, they often get a rustContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I seem to know which stores have gumball machines throughout the Catskills & Hudson Valley due to my sweet-tooth; I also know where the “sweet-trees” are as well. Some of my favorite finds are found near parking lots. I found this white mulberry behindContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One of my favorite spring flowers just made its arrival here yesterday in Ulster County–Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.). Serviceberry is also known as shadbush, shadblow, bilberry, and Juneberry. It’s a kind of non-descript little gray tree that goes unnoticed until it flowers, making a strongContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST It’s just beautiful out there. Between the serviceberry, apple, & pear trees flowering, there is no shortage of color & fragrance. I was at a member’s property grafting some apple trees the other day & became acquainted with a new favorite–American plum. The foliageContinue Reading