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Denise Thornton

Putting Pines in their Place or Tips on Transferring Evergreens

If you made your living telling fortunes for evergreen trees, you would not read their palms, you would read the little brown nubs overwintering on the end of each branch.  In spring those nubs stretch out to become the tree’s yearly growth.  How long they will get is anyone’s guess, […]

Sex among the Pines

I didn’t learn about Conifer sex till it smacked me in the face.  Our land has 22 acres of teenage pines and spruces as part of a certified tree farm, so how did I fail to  notice what was going on sooner?  I have been walking among them, cutting out […]

Five Ws – WHERE

Who What When Where Why How The Midwest Driftless Area is a glorious place.  Trout Unlimited calls it a national treasure and has pinned its scaly dreams on restoring the streams that trace its deep, convoluted valleys.   This dramatic landscape, carved deep by ancient water courses, is far older than […]

Five Ws — WHEN

A Rough Site Plan for 2012 When we set out to find land in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we imagined moving into an old farm house.  What we fell for was 44 acres with a south-facing slope that looked to be a promising house site where we would become […]

Five Ws — WHO

Who What When Where Why How So, who is telling you this?  My daughter, a budding green architect, recently described me as an unreconstructed hippy venting my pioneer woman leanings through conservation biology.  !!!  And now I see that she has just posted about my blog on her blog Lost […]