Archive for 2011

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Arb Sightings 7/8/11

June turned out to be quite the unsettled month. A few days of sunshine were often followed by a streak of stormy/rainy weather, with severe thunderstorms appearing throughout the entire state on several occasions. Heavy rainfall occurred around the middle of June in southern Minnesota, with around ten inches (most of which reached the Minnesota […]

Titanic One-Eyed Organism Opens Eye

Perry the Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, has survived his/her seed production cycle, and is growing again.  As of today, July 5, 2011, the shoot is about two inches high.  We expect this growth to be a leaf, and its unfurling should be a fascinating event. Click here for the final blog post of the last […]

A Tiny Titanic Forest!

The Children of the Corm (aka the progeny of Perry the Corpse Flower) continue to appear.  Their numbers grow steadily, as one after another after another after another of Perry’s self-generated seeds germinate.  Can total domination of humanity by our new Vegetable Titan Overlords be far behind?  Only time will tell.  Meanwhile, the germinations continue… […]

Arb Sightings 5/27/11

A bit more unsettled than last week, this week has given us days of rain, sun, clouds, wind, thunderstorms, and even cold temperatures! This afternoon it is raining steadily here in St. Peter, but today’s precipitation should let up later this afternoon/evening before more returns sometime tomorrow afternoon. There is a chance of storms both […]

Arb Sightings 5/20/11

Our 5-day string of beautiful (and comfortable) mid-May weather has come to an abrupt end as steady showers blanketed southern Minnesota this morning. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for thunderstorms that will likely bring more rain to the area (remember, we never got back down below river flood stage), and we might see spotty showers through next […]

Children of the Corm II – Perry’s Spawn

          It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on Perry the Corpse Flower, but exciting news is now being made! Readers of this blog might remember the surprising news that Perry had been self-pollinated by the myriad houseflies that visited during her/his flowering in July 2010, drawn in by Perry’s […]

Arb Sightings 5/13/11

In recent years, seasonal transitions have seemed more abrupt than most are used to in southern Minnesota. This past week has been no exception, with temperatures rebounding from the 30’s early last week to the mid-90’s on Tuesday! This sudden swing in temperature has caused many of our trees and shrubs to nearly explode with […]

Arb Sightings 5/6/11

Most Minnesotans would agree that spring has finally sprung (albeit about one month later than we would have liked). A windy, cool, and somewhat wet beginning of the week transitioned into warmer days in the 60’s with lots of sun, allowing us to enjoy the great outdoors in t-shirts once more. This weekend looks nothing […]

Arb Sightings 4/29/11

Today we’ve been blessed here in southern Minnesota with a sunny, warm, and dry Arbor Day. The rest of the week, however, has been characterized by cool temperatures and persistent rain after the last beautiful day on Easter Sunday. Some showers are expected tomorrow morning which should clear up by early afternoon, giving way to […]

Arb Sightings 4/20/11

Last year, the entire state of Minnesota saw no snowfall after the month of February. This morning, on April 20, close to an inch of snow accumulated briefly in St. Peter. The upper atmosphere has been downright cold this week (for this time of year), which is why we’ve been seeing the white stuff again […]