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By adamg - 2/13/24 - 9:51 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the Arnold Arboretum lost some 40 "accessioned" trees, including a dozen hemlocks snapped in half - by a storm in December that brought both rain to already saturated soil and high winds.

By adamg - 1/8/24 - 9:41 am
Golden trees at sunrise along the Charles River

Mary Ellen went for her usual sunrise walk through a snow-covered Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 12/25/23 - 11:59 am
Sun coming through the fog at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen started her Christmas with a walk through Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 12/24/23 - 12:25 pm
Small tree in Franklin Park decorated with a single red ornament

TheBostonLOL forwards this photo of a tiny tree in Franklin Park that somebody wrapped with a blue tree skirt and decorated with a single red ornament, just like Charlie Brown would do.

By adamg - 12/18/23 - 2:37 pm
Flooded Fenway

Firefighters, police officers and public-works and Eversource crews earned their pay today as a never ending flood of reports came in about downed trees and utility poles, power outages and flooded roads. Here are some of the reports reported to Boston 311 today: Read more.

By adamg - 11/25/23 - 10:25 am
Trees reflected in a still pond at the Arnold Arboretum
By adamg - 11/13/23 - 9:21 am
Red tree next to West Roxbury firehouse

Andrea Doremus Cuetara captured the tree next to the firehouse on Centre Street in West Roxbury yesterday afternoon.

Firehouse then and now.

By adamg - 11/10/23 - 9:47 am
A line of leaves

A distressed citizen files a 311 complaint about pointless leaf blowing at Savin Hill Park in Dorchester: Read more.

By adamg - 10/24/23 - 9:34 am
Orange tree at Forest Hills Cemetery

Brooks Payne biked over to Forest Hills Cemetery the other day.

By adamg - 10/6/23 - 12:00 pm

Mayor Wu and Sen. Ed Markey announced today that Boston has won an $11-million grant from the US Forestry Service to find ways to extend the life of the city's street trees and to help fund educational programs for young people looking to get into careers caring for those trees and other urban flora. Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/23 - 7:53 pm
Plan for property showing the old oak tree

Plan submitted to zoning board by the developer last year shows the old oak tree in the upper right.

The oak tree

Residents say the BPDA has jumped into a battle - in which it's yet to take sides - to save 72 Hyde Park Ave., across from the Forest Hills station parking lot, where a developer who tore down a two-family house to replace it with a six-unit building has hired a tree service to take it down. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/23 - 9:45 am
Red leaf on a red-outlined manhole cover

Thebostonlol spotted this early fall display on a manhole cover in Roxbury yesterday.

The EEI means the cover was originally installed by the Edison Electric and Illuminating Co., a forerunner to today's Eversource, and the one-time owner of a radio station with the call letters WEEI - one of the oldest stations in the country.

By adamg - 8/18/23 - 9:04 am
The view of the fog from the top of Peters Hill

Chris Ferry gazed long into the abyss at the top of Peters Hill on the Roslindale side of the Arnold Arboretum this morning, rather than looking out over downtown Boston.

Down the hill, on the other side of Bussey Street, the fog began to envelope the trees: Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/23 - 8:26 am

WBUR reports that a spruce tree at the Arnold Arboretum has produced a rare batch of half male, half female cones this spring.

By adamg - 4/23/23 - 5:47 pm
Dying, but also sprouting, tree

The fatal trunk split on a prominent, unusually shaped tree on the parkway side of Jamaica Pond continues to spread, but the tree is trying so hard to hold on - its branches, seemingly rising from the pond itself, are now sprouting in green.

Meanwhile, written battles have broken out in the pages of the small notebooks somebody keeping tying to the tree - along with a pen - to let its fans say their goodbyes. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/23 - 9:22 am
Trees with protective wooden hula skirts on VFW Parkway

Trees along VFW Parkway on either side of South Street at the West Roxbury/Brookline line are currently wrapped in protective wooden slats as a contractor hired by DCR gets ready to revamp the intersection with new left-turn lanes on the parkway and traffic signals. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/23 - 10:48 am
Hemlocks and paths at the Arnold Arboretum

Mark Smith enjoyed the morning light filtering through the giant hemlocks at the Arnold Arboretum.

By adamg - 1/19/23 - 5:49 pm
Notebook entry remembering the time a heron was there and caught a fish

Last November, somebody noticed a problem with the "elbow tree," a distinctive birch tree near the Jamaica Pond boathouse with a prominent limb pointing downward at the water, rather than up - its trunk had begun to split open. That's a sign of impending death and the person attached a couple of small notebooks and a pencil to the tree both so that people could measure the crack as it spread and to say goodbye to the longtime pondside attraction. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/22 - 3:40 pm
Bright orange trees at Forest Hills Cemetery

Brendan went for a walk in Forest Hills Cemetery today.

By adamg - 9/25/22 - 9:04 pm
Aftermath of a crash at Murray Circle in Jamaica Plain

Residents along the Arborway and the parkway part of Centre Street in Jamaica Plain have long had to watch the aftermath of motorists taking out street-light poles. One reports on the latest carnage this weekend, to go with the photos she took. Read more.

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