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Comment by Daniel W on April 30, 2017 at 11:22pm

Kathy, I've noticed some other normally blue flowers that develop white sports.  Scilla seems to do that, and violets.  Also grape hyacinths.  They must lose the blue gene or something.

Spud, I do seem to be tree obsessed.  I found some offshoots of an aspen tree today and transplanted two.  They had pretty meager roots, so who knows if they will survive.  This winter a deer rubbed off some cypress branches, so I pruned a small piece to about a foot and stuck it into the ground about 6 inches deep.  Now that's growing nicely too.  Now to find a place for it.

Today was nice, so was yesterday.  We mowed and mowed, then I  hoed and hoed.  Now the potatoes, onions, and garlic are all weed free for a while.  I also turned over the soil for the sweet corn and tomatoes.  Gardening season is definitely here.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 30, 2017 at 7:27pm
And I have three peaches about the size of small plums on a tree that came up about four years ago from a peach pit I transferred from the compost bin. And four more peach trees that I started the same way. The tree seedlings are about twenty inches high.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 30, 2017 at 7:21pm
Odd. Most things I plant here turn purple. Yellow stays yellow but red and all blues turn purple after a few years. Some whites stay white and some turn pink. Interesting anyway.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 29, 2017 at 12:28pm

I have a patch of bluebells where a few show up white now and then.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 29, 2017 at 8:51am
I've had a bed of yellow irises for fifteen years. This year there was one completely white one that bloomed in that bed. It's beautiful but odd.
Has anyone else had​this happen
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2017 at 7:10am

The number of trees you have is a lot more than I imagined.  You should be called "Treeman".

That Ginkgo tree you're standing under is amazing.  It looks to be 40 or 50 feet high.

That duck is so cute, and it looks to be my favorite color, light yellow-green.

Comment by Daniel W on April 28, 2017 at 9:55pm

oops, forgot photo.

Comment by Daniel W on April 28, 2017 at 9:54pm

Baby Indian Runner duck.

Ginkgo tree at the Hulda Klager lilac gardensin Woodland, Washington.  Hulda immigrated from Germany in the mid 1860s, and settled in Woodland.  She bred lilacs as a hobby.  Local garden club enthusiasts took over in 1970s to preserve the gardens.  Quite lovely, massive lilacs and many of them.   I imagine that gingko dates from the early years of her farm.

Comment by Daniel W on April 28, 2017 at 9:51pm

That list didn't include fruit trees.  Some of them, like persimmons and the larger plums, might also get pretty big.  I also forgot the row of about 15 or so Leyland Cypress, which potentially can grow 100 feet tall and grew 4 feet the first year I planted them. 

Plus some wild cherries.  I forgot those too.  They are a full size shade tree.

Those are at the border of the ravine, for privacy and to hold soil and to shade out blackberry brambles so they don't take over again.

Comment by Daniel W on April 28, 2017 at 9:48pm

Spud, I've never counted.  Also depends on whether we mean specimen trees / shade trees, vs. fruit trees which don't get so big.  Lets see...

European Linden = 3

American Linden = 1

Volunteer (Norway) Maple =  1

Crimson King Maple = 1

Red Maple = 1

Ginkgo grown from seeds = 2 for specimen trees

Plus 1 more ginkgo seedling + 2 that I grafted for 5 total

Chestnuts, new, = 3

Aspen = 1

Sourwood = 1

Dawn Redwood = 1

That's most of the shade trees I've planted, looks like 18 total.   Some are small size.  The aspen is about 20 foot tall now as are a couple of maples, and the tallest of the lindens about 15 foot.  Then of trees already there, there is also a Laburnum, a couple of mountain ash, and a couple of sumac, which are smaller size specimen trees.  Of trees that were there when we bought the place, there is a mature horse chestnut, a beautiful, huge, long needled pine, a nice blue spruce, a row of pines and various firs.  I haven't counted the ones in the woods, mostly hawthorn, big leaf maple, some firs and some hazelnuts.

It's two acres, which has room for quite a few trees if one is so inclined, which I am.

You are right about thistles.  They come up many times despite being pulled up and hoed.  About the only real cure is plant grass seed and keep mowing until they give up, or just keep pulling them up until they give up.


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