A blog to follow: "Phenology of the East Woods"

"Phenology of the East Woods" blog by Andrew Hipp of the Morton Arboretum

self-described as: "This is an occasional log of observations by the Plant Systematist on his daily ride through the Morton Arboretum's East Woods and walks elsewhere in the Chicago region. It is not fact-checked, nor is it intended to edify the reader. It is riddled with half-thought-through ideas, some of which will be revisited, some of which will not. I hope you enjoy it all the same."


"Kelly green basal leaves of Epilobium are scattered throughout the woods, along with the first leaves of what seem to be Enemion biternatum, though they seem a bit ill-formed for this species, and perhaps too the first leaves of Virginia waterleaf. I should know the seedlings better; not knowing them makes me doubt that I really know the adults as well as I thought I did. At times like this, I sometimes think of a story I believe Tom Brown told, in which his teacher ordered him to go study the birds. Tom responded, as I recall, that he knew birds about as anyone could, to which his teacher asked him how many spots he might find on a Robin’s back. Which makes me wonder whether I’m remembering the story right… are there any spots on a robin’s back?"

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Posted on March 12, 2018 01:55 PM by bouteloua bouteloua


Thanks for the tip!

Posted by missgreen about 5 years ago (Flag)

ha! it may not be intended to edify, but I'm being edified anyway.

those basal Epilobium leaves... no mention of how they look distinctly like chubby baby cheeks being pinched? is that just us or does anyone else see it?? I hope other people see it

Posted by vvoelker about 5 years ago (Flag)

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