29 November 2015

Ginkgo biloba

The Ginkgo Tree is also called the "Maidenhair tree" and nicknamed "The Stink Bomb Tree." An erratic vertical branching structure is the trees natural form. As a bonsai the strong upright branching creates the 'candle flame' style. Basal and aerial "chi-chi" form on older trees.

Ginkgo biloba
Washington ginkgo
432 Telfair St.
Augusta, Georgia

Legend has it that the residents of Augusta, Ga planted this ginkgo tree during President George Washington’s visit in 1791. The tree is on the grounds of the Old Government House on Telfair Street.

67 ft
Height: 67 feet

 The Ginkgo Tree is also called the "Maidenhair tree" and nicknamed "The Stink Bomb Tree."  An erratic vertical branching structure is the trees natural form. As a bonsai the strong upright branching creates the 'candle flame' style. Basal and aerial "chi-chi" form on older trees

 In the fall the leaves
turn a brilliant yellow!

Ginkgo trees are a "living fossil" and the earliest leaf fossils date from 270 million years ago. It was rediscovered in 1691 in China. The Ginkgo is a good urban tree because of its ability to tolerate drought, heat, and poor soils. Ginkgo is dioecious. There are male and female trees. Some complain of the mess and odor created by the fleshy seed covering and recommend planting only the male of the species. It is sad if only male ginkgoes are planted without female counterparts. 

Ginkgo biloba
erratic vertical branching
Ginkgo biloba
DBH: 54 inches

fruit is a nut with a fleshy covering

Gather the seeds as they fall from the tree (wear good latex gloves). Remove the fleshy coating (wear good gloves!) crush the coat and squeeze the seed out with ones fingers. Then rinse the seeds a few times until they are very clean!) and let them dry well. Store them in a closed container filled with slightly moistened sphagnum moss in the fridge or in a cool, dry place until they are planted in spring. When they are sown, carefully pop the seed shell open.


Ginkgo in Forsyth Park

Savannah, Ga

Some people are sensitive to the chemicals in the fleshy outer layer. These people should handle the seeds with care when preparing the seeds, wear disposable gloves. When I cleaned the seed of these trees, I had several 5 gallon buckets full. The cheap rubber gloves developed holes and my entire arm was coated with the juice. fortunately I had no allergic reaction, but the next morning my arms had turned black. Two weeks later the skin pealed a way........


   A 1980 Seedling in 2011

Ginkgo seeds and leaves are used as a medicine throughout the world. In South Carolina at the "medicine tree farmGinkgo leaves are harvested and shipped to Europe to be made into a prescription drug.


 In the fall the leaves
turn a brilliant yellow!

The oldest living ginkgo tree in the United States was planted in 1785 by William Bartram at Bartram’s Garden near Philadelphia. Bartram traveled the American South from 1773 to 1776 and in 1791 he published an account of his adventure- Travels.

18 October 2015

Freeze Dates

First Freeze Dates (1981-2010)
Savannah Airport
  • Average Date: November 28
  • Earliest Date: November 1

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07 January 2015

Cold Weather Advisory

It's cold outside
Tonight in the western suburbs of Savannah Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 21. Wind chill values as low as 8. Blustery, with a north wind 17 to 20 mph.

With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, be prepared for cold weather. Winter can be unpredictable as temperatures drop quickly and it is important to remember to protect your home.  Burst pipes and the subsequent water damage that follows can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.  

Here are a few tips that can help:

  1. Disconnect and drain garden hoses.  
  2. Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  3. Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
  4. Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
  5. Close or cover foundation vents under house and windows to basements.
  6. Close garage doors.
  7. Insulate exposed pipes (both hot and cold) under house with foam pipe insulation.
  8. Open cabinet doors under sinks.
  9. Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
  10. Set ice maker to make ice if the water line to it runs under the house.
  11. Don't forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
  12. Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
  13. Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
  14. After the weather has warmed above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed, turn off dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for unseen leaks.


The freezing temperatures we are dealing with are hours of freezing, not months... 
tonight 1 am until noon tomorrow! 

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