Black Rot of Crucifers and Juniper Woesby Susan Swenson
Black Rot of Crucifers
Black Rot of Crucifers, a blight brought upon the Cruciferae, this innocent race, their cross to bear. They present cross-shaped petals and leaves to ward off those who would attempt their crucifixion—crusaders out on a blind mission of destruction.
crux, crucis; a cross
ferre; to bear
crucible of fear
and central nervous system
Juniper Woes, believed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to be brought on by winter injury, leads to the loss of untold numbers of evergreens and shrubs. Although usually resulting from the interaction of low temperatures, frequent freeze / thaw cycles, rapid cooling and thawing rates, this is only a spur to the downward mental spiral.
Trees often recover provided new buds aren't damaged, thus causing further trauma.
Note: While many brown trees may be attributed to winter injury, be careful not to lump every brown evergreen into the winter injury group.
working to cool your insides
your ever present
old green browning
as new growth
Susan Swenson is a writer/poet living in Brooklyn. She is also editor/publisher of Pierogi Press.