Innes Kasanof, a gardener in the Catskills, recently emailed Joan Kutcher, director of the Mountain Top Arboretum regarding the Stewartia growing there. Joan informed her, “Stewartia pseudocamillia . . . is a gorgeous tree with a moderate growth rate. Full or part sun, protect from very windy conditions. Likes a spot that is a bit moist and has plenty of organic slightly acidic soil. Makes a great specimen tree, planted toward the edge of a woodland to give it some protection.” The Mountain Top Arboretum is in the Catskills, but I don’t know exactly what zone they are in, and their website doesn’t say. Thank you, Innes, for sharing this info, and alerting me to another good plant place in upstate NY.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
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