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Here She Comes

May 24th, 2018

I’ve been waiting and watching to see if my copper birch leafed out this spring. It’s planted in the main garden for now, waiting for a spot to be prepared for it in the pasture. I first fell in love with copper beeches when I visited Longwood Garden 15 or more years ago.

I’ve been looking for one for quite a while, at least one that wasn’t ridiculously expensive. Last summer, I found one at Fieldstone Gardens.

After watching all the local native beeches leaf out, I was wondering if my little copper beach was going to leaf out or die. One day I looked and saw one leaf popping out, the next day it was almost fully leafed out. This summer I’ll be preparing a place of honor for it in the garden. It will become a specimen tree, planted in a spot all to itself where it can grow to its full glory. Now that we’ve lived here for a while, it’s time to start adding specimen trees as focal points throughout the garden. This tree will take years and years to grow old and stately. No doubt it will be around long after I’m gone.

What’s your favorite tree?

Quote of the Day: Linda Tatlbaum

August 26th, 2012

No matter how hard you will ever work, you can never gain control over a wild wood, which teaches you something about human effort and the grandiosity of a life’s plan. I like to think the woods represent a limit to the humanly possible, a place where you can talk all you want but you’ll never convince the trees to obey.

Linda Tatlbaum from Carrying Water as a Way of Life: A Homesteader’s History

One can’t help but feel very insignificant when surrounded by a very old wood. As gardeners, we try to bend nature to produce the look that we want. When you travel into the woods you realize that nature really does do it better than we every could.

When was the last time you spent time in the woods?

Lesser Known Blooming Trees

June 8th, 2010

Many trees bloom, but often we don’t see their blossoms. Of course we all notice the beautifully flowering small trees like dogwoods, magnolias, and cherry trees. I’m talking about trees like maple and tulip poplar trees. Our small lot is surrounded by HUGE trees, many of them are tulip poplars. They bloom in late May and drop their petals everywhere. We don’t often see the blooms because they’re so high up. We had a big wind storm a week or two ago and a few blossoms blew off the trees. I thought I’d share the interesting blooms of the tulip tree for those of you who haven’t seen one before.

The maples bloom fairly early in the spring before the leaves come out. Their blossoms faded a long time ago, but here’s what they look like.

Do you know of any great blooming trees that we don’t often notice?

Quote of the Day: Albert Comus

October 12th, 2009

“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower.”
-Albert Camus

I think peak leaves will happen this week here in NE Ohio, too bad they’re calling for gloomy, rainy, snowy weather. I love the changing of the leaves because it helps make this season a little more bearble. It’s tough because you know soon enough all life will be dormant and everything will be brown. But the explosion of colors really helps brighten my mood!

What do you enjoy most about the changing seasons (or do you have them where you live)?

I Had No Idea

April 4th, 2009

Can anyone guess what kind of tree this bloom belongs to?
I had no idea that maple trees bloomed until I decided to keep bees and started researching nectar sources for the bees in early spring. I must say, I think maples may be my new favorite tree. They give us shade, syrup, these beautiful flowers, and beautiful fall colors.

What’s your favorite tree?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.