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Zelkova Serrata or Japanese Zelkova, at Borough Hall
in Metuchen, New Jersey. (USDA Growing Zone 6)



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Third Week of Fall: Shoot Leaves Backlit

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This is the third week in my "2011 Fall Trees" project. This week I posted two gingko pictures, one that had some yellow leaves and another with an awesome Love Shack birdnest. I also found some nice color on the local kousa dogwood, and some color in the cherry blossom tree, and got an interesting shot of a forest pansy redbud before the bright yellow color will arrive in a few weeks, but my favorite shot of the week was the honey locust during a rain storm (above). I'll remember that one because my son held the umbrella, hooking his arm in mine. Tree projects are good for my soul.  Click here for the third week of fall's pictures.

Want to see the fall pictures as they're posted each day? Friend me on Facebook with a note about your interest in trees. 

Remember, tree-related articles are now posted on my photography blog, under the Julie's Trees category.

Come on over!

Peace, jules 

9:47 am | link 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2nd Week: More Green

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This is the second week in my "2011 Fall Trees" project including pictures of a sweetgum in fall, my armstrong maple, my October Glory red maple (both of while are still fully green, by the way), buds on my Red Sunset red maple (that tree's ready for spring already!), a sassafras leaf plus some beautiful sunrise bronze from my Royal Red maple.  Click here for the second week's worth of pictures.

Remember, tree-related articles are now posted on my photography blog, under the Julie's Trees category.

Come on over!

Peace, jules 

9:28 pm | link 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Week of Fall Leaves

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It only takes five minutes a day to snap a pretty leaf picture so I'm committed to documenting the trees this fall. Every day I'll be posting a new picture in my Facebook album, "2011 Fall Trees." Then once a week, I'll post the picture on my blog for those of you who aren't on Facebook. Above, the first picture of fall is of my Japanese Red Maple, Sept. 23, 2011. Click here for the first week's worth of pictures.

Remember, tree-related articles are now posted on my photography blog, under the Julie's Trees category.

Come on over!

Peace, jules 

9:47 pm | link 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Checking on the Zelkova Growth




I thought it would be a good time to update Tree Growers Diary readers on the progress of the zelkova serrata trees at Borough Hall. Click here for the zelkova blog post. 

Remember, tree-related articles are now posted on my photography blog, under the Julie's trees category.

Come on over!
Peace, jules

8:22 am | link 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Coming Soon! Updated Tree pictures for Summer 2010!



COMING SOON! Updated tree growth pictures for summer of 2010! Above, my October Glory red maple is HUGE now! Reminder that I now post tree-related articles on my photography blog, under the Julie's trees category.

I'll post again once I get those pictures up. I know you've been waiting a long time for this! Just think: next year, in 2011, the Tree Grower's Diary will be celebrating 15 years on the Web and in my yard! Woo hoo! Spread the word! My trees are HUGE; I have LOTS of shade now. And no grass.

Come on over!
Peace, jules
5:34 pm | link 

Saturday, October 27, 2007

For Tree Blogs, Go Here!



Hi everybody! This is just a reminder that I now post tree-related articles on my photography blog, under the Julie's trees category.

Above, a paper birch on 40th Street, about to be planted in a garden atrium at The New York Times.

Come on over!
Peace, jules
1:19 pm | link 

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Memorial Day in Metuchen



Fans of the purple leaf plum soap opera know that this tree, as seen in my yard, is also known as "Gregory's Tree." And Gregory has built quite a fan base as well with his cute pictures and poems. You can hear Gregory's sweet little 6-year-old voice on this year's Memorial Day slide show. It's not really tree-related, but Memorial Day in Metuchen is near and dear to my heart, as are my trees, so come have a look. I'm SO proud of Gregory for working on that little voice over! (You'll notice in the credits, however, that he is listed as "Greg." I'm really not quite sure when THAT happened!)

Click here for the 2007 Memorial Day slide show.
Be sure to turn up the sound! Peace, Julie

10:34 pm | link 

Saturday, May 12, 2007

They're Back. Scale Bugs. Ew! 1:23 am | link 

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dogwood: Three Days Later 10:08 pm | link 

Dogwood: Two Days Later 10:04 pm | link 

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While the Tree Grower's Diary has been in existence since 1996 (as a notebook) and since 1999 (at Coffeedrome), this new, independent site was launched on April 4, 2006. The blog posts here go from April 2006 through 2007. After that, all Tree Growers Diary blog posts appear in my main blog, the City of Nouns. Click here to go straight to the tree category.