|AMERICAN CHESTNUT, BLOSSOM SPIKES AND LEAVES|
Tuesday, noon. 61 degrees F, wind N, light with moderate gusts. The sky is blue, the humidity 66%, the barometer is up at 30.00". It is a perfect summer day, and we are finishing the landscape project.
The common elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, seldom grows this far north unless it is planted. This one is in a yard on S 5th St. The panicle of small white flowers, which have a rather peculiar musty fragrance, will bear fruits which are blue-black when ripe.
The now very rare American chestnut, Castanea dentata, is seldom seen. This young tree just came into flower. It is on the SW corner of Tenth St. and Wilson Ave. For more information on American chestnut trees use the blog search engine.
Dennis McCann, who lives on Chequamegon Road and regularly uses the Brownstone Trail to walk to town, reported that he encountered three bear cubs on the trail yesterday. One climbed a tree, one scampered off and one stood its ground. Dennis didn't see mama, so he beat a hasty tactical retreat.