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Comment by Loam Gnome on October 19, 2018 at 12:08pm

Each fall, I like to post update on my dad's Ginkgo tree.  He collected the seeds from a neighbor's tree.  That neighbor was a German freethinker, whose son-in-law inherited the house and tree, after he died.  He was a Unitarian Universalist minister, which in that time and town was kind of radical, and almost atheist.  I planted those seeds in the late 1990s, in flowerpots, in the apartment where we were living in Chicago.  When we moved to Vancouver, WA, three of the trees came here with us.  One didn't make it through transplanting, one is much smaller after two transplantings and something killed the top, which is growing back now.  This one, is majestic.

As a genus that originated in the Permian era, Ginkgos survived two of the planet's great extinctions.  The first gave us the dinosaur era, and the second gave us the mammal era.  I wonder if they will make it through the next great extinction?  I like to think so.

Same tree in 2006.  I miss Charlie, still, but Rufus is helping a lot.

For a lot, lot more info about ginkgos, this link is to the ginkgo pages, a ginkgo enthusiast in Holland maintains this site.  I probably won't be starting any more ginkgo seeds - I don't know what to do with the trees that grow from them.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 19, 2018 at 11:46am

Patricia, maybe that is a difference based on server or region?  I don't know.  Still learning :-)

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2018 at 9:17pm

Odd, monthly is on mine.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 17, 2018 at 9:12pm

Patricia, I can't figure out how to get monthly data but the app does give two week predictions for my town 

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2018 at 8:55pm

Can you type in your US cities though? That's what I wondered about.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 17, 2018 at 7:53pm

Patricia, thank you for the weather network recommendation and link, interesting to look at a different channel.

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2018 at 6:24pm

The colours are always lovely.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 17, 2018 at 6:22pm
Comment by Loam Gnome on October 17, 2018 at 6:21pm

Joan, those larches were beautiful.  I don't think I knew they grew in WA State. 

Here's another article regarding American Chestnuts, what happened, and attempts to revive them.   It's interesting how many chestnuts the rest of the world produces and eats - in China, 100,000 to 200,000 tons, and in Korea 80,000 tons, with Italy producing 50,000 tons.   The US imports 10-20 million pounds of them from Europe.  I think they could be a nice permaculture crop. They start to bear in 3 to 5 years, and by 10 years produce 10-20 pounds per tree, or in 15-20 years produce 50-100 pounds per tree. I'm not looking to live that long, but if I do, I could see sitting out by the roadside with a stand, selling them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2018 at 4:57pm

Loam, a sad story, indeed, of the chestnut forests of N. America. I like the idea of restoring the mighty species, especially with new varieties. 

Driving into Newport yesterday I saw the Larch turning color throughout the mountains and valleys of this environment. 

This is a stock photo, and it gives you an idea of the beauty of autumn in a coniferous forest. 

Larches in morning light Colville National Forest Washington


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