Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Half-Baked Cherries And Wispy Willows
My dad knows I love the wild black cherry trees, so when he spots a little seedling in his suburban yard, he pots it for me. I like this tree for it's fast growth, wildlife food value, yellow fall color, and it's beautiful wood. The last time I was home, Dad had two little trees ready so I slipped them in the narrow storage area in the back of the Jeep. That was a Sunday.
The next day, I went to work, forgetting about the little trees in my Jeep. By the time the work day was over, the poor little things were baked halfway down and needed the ICU part of the garden.
I wasn't sure if they'd pull through for a while, but this weekend I saw new growth, so all is not lost.
Down by the pond, the black willows are blooming and covering the water and everything else with downy puffs. The seem to have peaked now, but for a while the air was just full of floating down.
This is a tree I battle each year for control of the pond. If you cut a branch of it and drop it, it will sprout roots and grow. I like the willowy swamp at the south end of the pond, I just don't want to surrender the entire pond bank to it.
Side note: Blogger was treating me rudely yesterday so I don't know when yesterday's post finally showed (the hoppers), but it seems to be there now.