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Comment by Loam Gnome 6 hours ago

This winter I think the orchids will keep me going until daffodill season.  Yesterday I saw the noses of daffodills poking out through the soil.  That was the bulbs I planted last fall.  Older ones serm to be later, or sonehow didnt survive their dormancy.  Probably some of both.

Comment by Patricia 18 hours ago

That white is gorgeous!

Comment by Loam Gnome 19 hours ago

A diferent kind of orchid, dendrobium.  These are native to the Himalayas, so not as tropical as some. 

Comment by Loam Gnome yesterday

Yes.  I've been gardening here for 20 years.  I often plant bare root trees in Jan.  They have always thrived.  I think it tunes their budbreak and leafing out to the local conditions.

There have been some winters when the ground briefly froze, but during some winters it never does.  I also grow figs and windmill palms, which I dont think will survive a truely cold winter.  We are zone 8a or 8b.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

You can plant trees in late January? Our ground is frozen.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Monday

I think I like the river birch better than the European birch.  Now I have both, so we will see.  We found a place to plant it yesterday.  With weather changes, insects and diseases, we never know how something will do in the future.  I like to think of each tree as an investment for future people, and an example for others.

I always think I'll be dead before a tree I plant reaches a nice size.  And yet, there are handsome trees that I planted with my own hands, thinking the same thing, and some are becoming quite magestic- ginkgo, linden, maple, aspen, pine.  Even a few of those were started from seeds, and others were pot-bound, rejected rescues from the hardware store, or were small bare root trees.  The chestnuts are also establishing quickly.

Joan, my grandfather had birches in his front yard, too.  He told us the branches had weeping shape because he planted them upside down!  

I think every tree has a folklore and historic utility.  Sheets of birch bark were used to make canoes, and baskets, and wrap the dead for burial.  I think of all zodiacs as so much woowoo, but for what it's worth, we are in the month of the birch on the Celtic zodiac.  According to that link, "the birch is a tree of renewal, rebirth and purity. They have the tenacity and strength to make all of their ambitions and dreams come to fruition".

Comment by Randall Smith on Monday

Birch trees, leafed out, can be beautiful. Unfortunately, they die prematurely around here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

I love birch! My grandmother had two in her front yard. Their bark is so lovely, and the catkins intrigued me as a child. I understand catkins are edible; I didn't think so. 

Comment by Patricia on Sunday

Lots of birch here, beautiful trees.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Sunday

I was at the store and saw they had some bare root trees for $12.99.  Looking at them I liked a European Birch.  Nice size so I bought if.  Now I wonder if I should have.  The bark is nice to look at.  I have room for it.

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