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May
19
2013

Jean Iseli: My Most Unforgettable Character

When I was a kid Reader’s Digest was one of the country’s most popular magazines and one of its most popular features was called “My Most Unforgettable Character.” When that question was posed to me recently, without thinking, Jean Iseli popped to mind. Gone now twenty eight years this June, Jean (pronounced” John”) Iseli still…

May
6
2013

Cone production up; car wash operators rejoice

Writing on the MSU Extension web site this week, ACS member Dr. Bert Cregg of the Department of Horticulture & Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is positing that the central region is likely to see heavy cone production this year as a result of last year’s drought. While most conifer enthusiasts, attracted by…

Dec
10
2012

Long in the Needle

Here in the Pinus Strobus State our pines are graceful enough with their 5-inch needles. However, I’ve planted a few from Bhutan that come bundled with 8-inch needles, fairly humbling my Maine natives. The design objective is to get the swaying, shimmering effect that really only comes with long leaf species, my favorite being Pinus…

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