|HANDLE WITH CARE|
|"STALKING THE WILD ASPARAGUS"|
Asparagus is growing wild in many of the ditches around town, usually unharvested.
Spruce trees have mostly lost their new bud scales, which protect the developing new needles, which are very delicate and must not be disturbed until they have matured. Spruce trees can be dug or moved from the nursery while the bud scales are firmly attached, but as soon as they begin to loosen the tree must not be disturbed.
The pagoda dogwoods, Cornus alterifolia, are in full bloom now. They are a native woodland under story and woods edge shrub, their common name derived from their graceful. Oriental appearance. The species name, alternifolia, indicates that the branches and leaves are alternate, rather than opposite, contrary to those of other Cornus species. It is a shrub which could be used much more in the landscape than it is.