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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 27, 2018 at 10:06pm

Patricia, it was :-)

Brandyboy. A hybrid of Brandywine x Better Boy

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2018 at 9:48pm

Oh that looks soooooo good, Daniel!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 27, 2018 at 9:38pm

Now I know it's summer!

Randy, I'm surprised a 70 year old farmer didn't know what poison ivy looked like!

For some reason, I was not allergic to poison ivy, so my parents would have me pull it out.    I don't know if that was just then or still true now.  I'm not going to try to find out.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 26, 2018 at 7:13am

Daniel, your "short story" of tansy ragwort begs for more information. But I realize this is not the time or place to elaborate. I'm not familiar with the plant. Good photos.

I AM familiar with poison ivy and have my share of it around the yard. I was shocked to hear my 70 year old farmer friend couldn't recognize it. He thought my ground cover was poison ivy because it had 3 leaves. So many plants have 3 leaves.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 25, 2018 at 2:24pm

Linden (basswood) is very light.  When I was small, we made boomerangs like you did, Spud.  And for model airplanes, and fishing floats.  I think we used it for model car derby in boyscouts, too. 

This is a nice example of basswood carving from Germany, probably a few hundred years old.

That's a direct link to the URL.  I don't know the story behind it.

Here is my American Linden tree.  The cultivar name is "Redmond".  It might not be a pure American.  The leaves are intermediate in size between the huge leaves on Lindens where I grew up, and the little-leaf lindens. You can see the grass here is straw-colored this time of year.  In the midwest, we had green grass in summer.  I didn't know if the basswood tree would thrive here in this dry summer climate, but it is doing great.  The lowest branches start above my head now, which is 5'10"

In the late '80s to early '90s, I moved from Indiana to Oregon because of this plant.  It's a long story, but the short version is that Tansy Ragwort is highly toxic, and an invasive weed, and I was a laboratory based scientist in those days, with expertise that was relevant to this plant.  Despite the negative traits of the plant, I'm forever grateful to it for its role in changing my life.  They're very pretty, but the county has road signs stating we should eradicate it, so it's time I pull them up.  Plus, I don't want Rufus chewing on the leaves. 

I like posting photos because it's like having neighbors mosying around my garden.  It's a way to share the sense of wonder that is always there.    This Spring, I stuck nasturtium seeds just about everywhere that I could think of, then did nothing special.   Here is one that was redder than any I've seen before.  I don't know the variety, it was a packet of mix.  Nasturtium leaves and daylily flowers are among my favorite nontraditional salad vegetables.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2018 at 9:37am

But Basswoods are good for making model airplanes and boomerangs.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2018 at 6:50am

Basswoods are very "soft"--not good for firewood. Can't have everything.

I left a baby (6") oak start in my yard to mow around, but I noticed a rabbit (I assume) ate it. Grrrrr!

Bought pickling salt yesterday so I can make dill pickles from my cucumbers.

I wonder where Don is? He hasn't contributed in awhile.

Comment by Patricia on July 24, 2018 at 1:52pm

Yes, Randy, it really does well here, & I see a few around town now. I like the greyish green colour as well.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 24, 2018 at 9:54am


I imagine you have an American linden.  They have very big leaves.  I planted one of those too, and it is also growing very nicely.  The pictured tree is a European linden, which we used to call "little leaf linden".   I have nostalgia about the American linden, which used to grow on the street where I grew up, and the street was named for them.

There is a 1,000 year old linden tree.  I'm guessing that's in Germany.

These are Crocosmia.  They do really well here in the dry summer climate.  I never water them.  The deer don't eat them, and hummingbirds love them.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2018 at 7:02am

My Linden (basswood) tree has grown so much in the 41 years I've lived here, I've had to "top it", as it interfered with my satellite dish reception. That was two years ago, and it's filled right back in already. Its fragrance is wonderful--a wonderful bee attraction. Has your Linden blossomed yet, Daniel? Wish I'd taken a "before and after" photo of my red oak tree. It's amazing. (By the way, Daniel, I read your book review. Sounds interesting. Thanks.)

Patricia, I'd forgotten my parents had a Russian olive. I may have to get one.


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