This past holiday weekend, my mom, the avid gardener she is, took to our budding garden. Amidst the floral explosion of pink, magenta, purple, and green stood an outlier: our weeping birch tree. Normally at this time of year, our weeping birch is in full bloom, so the juxtaposition of this barren tree with the flourishing surroundings was truly a sight for sore eyes. My mother, in addition to being an eager gardener, is also a determined solution seeker. She immediately went to the largest database of information: the Internet. She posed a straightforward question: why did our weeping willow lose all its leaves? This question, seemingly easy to answer, only yielded information in how to determine whether our weeping birch was alive and thus did not provide an answer relevant to mother’s inquiry.
So to all those reading this with either a wealth of botanical knowledge or a keen green thumb, do you know why our weeping birch is losing all its leaves? Does it have to do with the weather? Is there a certain pesky critter that is parasitizing our tree?
Written by Amanda Chen,
Marketing Consultant at Inkwhy
Middlebury College Class of 2014