The Dry Garden: Undressing for summer

Posted on | June 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Bark hides in plain sight. Who needs the superhero power of invisibility when you’re constantly upstaged by flowers, fruit and foliage? It takes an event to draw the distracted eye to the trunk and limbs of a shrub or tree.

That event is happening now. With the summer solstice nigh, California’s best-adapted woody plants are slipping into dormancy to ride out the dry season. As they do so, still sated on spring rain, newly thickened by another year’s growth, the most wanton of the lot are shedding last year’s bark.

Click here to keep reading The Dry Garden on the beauty of bark in the Los Angeles Times.

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One Response to “The Dry Garden: Undressing for summer”

  1. George
    June 12th, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    Great story and great pictures!

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