This coming week we celebrate both Earth Day (22nd) and Arbor Day (25th). When I think about focusing on the earth and trees, I think of phenology. The definition of phenology (literally the “science of appearance) is the study of how seasonal events, like migrations, are impacted by climate and other plant, insect and animal life, such as the first plants to bloom in the spring or when robins build their nests. Since the dogwoods are blooming where I live in North Carolina and since I recently signed up for the Cloned Dogwood phenology project, I thought what could be better than a look at dogwood flowers and the National Phenology Network’s flowering dogwoods project. Visit their site and learn more about this project and others!
Connie Schultz, Master Gardener/Composter (’95 Cornell Extension) now volunteering in Johnston County, NC