This is a little like Where’s Waldo? with Dulcie helping me search for the Tulip poplar (Lirodendron tulipifera) sapling I got as a freebie at last year’s Arbor Day. The sixty year old silver maple that had provided afternoon shade at the back of the house had run its course and had to be removed just over a year ago. Hence the pile of ground stump with pots submerged and tree stumps in the rear.
Dulcie isn’t looking in the right direction but provides some background to the three feet tree. Here’s a look at it from the other direction.
The Tulip poplar is a member of the magnolia family, and is the state tree of Kentucky. According to the University of Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture… “Tulip poplar is one of the tallest of the native American hardwoods. Kentucky was home to to some of the most magnificent of these stately trees. The tree has winter features including duck’s bill-shaped buds and furrowed bark. It also offers striking flowers in May and June. Leaves emerge folded and yellow and become green with age. They turn a clear yellow in autumn.”
There isn’t much to see of my tree at the moment but Dulcie, Charlie and I hope to provide you with more details and pictures in the coming months.
My thanks to Mike for letting me guest post and to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.
Have a good weekend!
when I’m on the plot that I’m happy to just look and not take any photos even though I could have done. One such occasion was a couple of summers ago. I’d finished watering and was sitting down sipping a mug of water when I noticed a fox over on the nearby path. Slowly, and warily, it headed towards the pond, which meant coming very close to me. I could see that although thin it otherwise looked okay but kept stopping and was panting.
I remained where I was and softly spoke to it as it reached the pond which was only a few feet away. It lapped the water, constantly stopping to look at me, before heading back onto the path. I got the impression that had it sat or laid down it wouldn’t have managed to get up again. I watched it pad down the path towards the fence eventually losing sight of it. The next day I walked along where it had gone but couldn’t see it and never did again.
I used to see the resident foxes quite a lot, and had this close encounter with Missy Fox outside the site gates nearly eight years ago.
Recently I’ve only caught a few glimpses of one or two of them but judging by the numerous paw prints I see across the plot they are around after dark.
Have a good week!
It was frosty and sunny again this morning so I had a quick look round the plot before heading across the road to the horticultural society trading shed where I bought the onions and potatoes that I’ll be growing this year.
The onion sets are the usual variety Sturon which I’ve always done reasonably well with. There’s slightly less than half a kilo here which only cost me a £1.
Last year I didn’t grow enough so I’m already having to buy them, whereas they would usually last through to around Easter time.
I’m growing two varieties of first early potatoes, Pentland Javelin and Red Duke of York, rather than one as I have previously. I’ve not not grown the first of these before but they are a recommended popular variety. The second early, salad, potatoes Charlotte are my favourites so I always grow them and do well with them. This year I’m growing more than I usually do. Lastly I’m growing the usual main crop variety Desiree. All varieties were £1-50 per kilo, and sold loose enabling me to buy the quantity and quality I wanted. Sometime over the next week or so I will check all these over then start to chit them.
In a way this starts to get the new growing season underway even though it’ll be late March onwards before I start planting them out, providing that the weather is suitable. Let’s hope that spring this year is a better one than last year.
Have a good week.
of some Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds.
Have a good weekend!