Thursday, July 14, 2022

The plant nursery update

The past several days, I've gone through and culled the dead plants in containers. Mostly a mix of annuals, biannuals, and perennials that aren't returning. The count is in at well over 300+plants - and dozens of flats. 
The climate change, has made watering them a priority in the July heat wave. And, it seems that the days of more water for half the number of plants has arrived. The inversion layer like clouds that seep In from overhead are creating a convection oven, despite forecasts for rain. A drizzle of raindrops fell from what appeared to be a large storm system  over the past weekend. 

Of all the tropical, subtropical, and northern climates I've lived in throughout the continental US and Hawaii, I have never felt a storm like I experienced this past weekend in the Northeast US. 
The dark clouds moved in yet the air was hot and thick, yet not humid. It felt like the cooked earth was steaming. And there were a few minutes of a disappointing warm rain. 

It was, by no means a normal rain shower.
And with more heat waves predicted, I've considered watering the biggest trees so we don't loose the shade. The shade is the only thing protecting the young plants and shrubs from total leaf decimation. Burnt crisp leaves on otherwise viable trees, including evergreens and other hardy species that have survived the past decade of winteriing. 

The containerized plants that are remaining, were blessed with shade from a few remaining tall Northeastern Maples. Trees I used to play under and climb in childhood. Yesterday morning I measured the shade coverage at optimal time. My favorite tree has shade I measured  48steps tall by 40steps wide. Or, approximately 152'x120".

 I know the neighbors have been treading here to cut down every last remaining tree. They've eliminated so much of the last swaths of forest passage. They cleared "their own" forest acreage in the past year. And people hunting for firewood have cut down several of the lightweight evergreens that were over 20years old. Guys with chainsaws and pickup trucks are fast scavengers for biomass and board feet.

 Not much remains but it is still more than a town park serving as habitat. Most American city and suburban folks view human, plant, and animal life as expendable for profit. The tree fall doesn't make it to decay and grub food supplies for various marsupials, birds, amphibians, bats, and other microbiome inhabitanta. These new survivalist have a modest greenhouse for their own food. And buy more land to cut it for biomass or other harvest. 

This year, we have some new additions to feed. Squirrel, Raccoon, Groundhogs, a skunk who has accepted catlike status, and some of the neighbor's roaming cats and dogs. Their natural foodsources are gone.

The newly planted trees, aren't surviving much past 20 years at max. Lichen now proliferates all ages of trees and woody stemmed shrubs. Several evergreen varieties haven't made it out of a 1 gallon bucket without lichen inundation. Lichen that is being encouraged by chemtrails to create biomass. Not biomass for sale, Not biomass for some contorted conservative environmentalist profit. Biomass for the scavengers or pure destruction. Noone is saving anything or allowing it to decay to support any circle of life.
Young plants aren't making it because of the crystal development triggered by nanopparticles within them. Once they have absorbed enough nanoparticles, the woody branches and trunks turn fiberously flexible or, a drier suppleness and snap. It's different than a dry unwatered tree or shrub that breaks at any chose point with crisp dry breakage. The difference between a Sparking rose and a extra brut, except in parameters of cylindrical limbs of tree death.  There is no rot. It is a toxic death in July.  And there is little hope to see trees grow past 20' where we once had beautiful 
giants grow quickly in comparison to the slashed slopes of the Northwest. It's gone. It's obviously gone.

And this shade, this magnificent shade is barely enough for the other plants to survive the scorching sun. 

Even the dozens of tall asters and hardy Queen Anne's lace that once grew in fields and in the open need partial shade. They are growing in shadiest spots, like every former full sun plant now needs partial shade and constant hydration.

I reflect on my recent lichen quest drawing a direct climate change path to the climate change chem trails crowd.  My Luddite musicianship reminds me of seasoned piano lessons for wood. Chemical Ice nucleation resonates with  Freeze casting of living entities. As I dig up a quotation to share as a reflection on the reduction of life as some random molecule to be replaced.

Resources & References: 

Card 1- Lichens and Biomass: 
The Lichens' Microbiota, Still a Mystery?

Card 2 - Freeze Casting:
Freeze Casting: From Low-Dimensional Building Blocks to Aligned Porous Structures-A Review of Novel Materials, Methods, and Applications.

Shao, G., Hanaor, D., Shen, X., & Gurlo, A. (2020). Freeze Casting: From Low-Dimensional Building Blocks to Aligned Porous Structures-A Review of Novel Materials, Methods, and Applications. Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)32(17), e1907176.


Zhang, Jian-Fei; Zhou, Xiao-Nan; Huang, Xin; Hao, Liu-Cheng; Zhi, Qiang; Li, Zi-Xuan; et al. (2019): Biomorphic Cellular Silicon Carbide Nanocrystal-Based Ceramics Derived from Wood for Use as Thermally Stable and Lightweight Structural Materials. ACS Publications. Collection.