Rescued Trees

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Here are two trees I trimmed to create a base for a trellis; will train the clematis (behind the plastic trellis) to move over.   The obligatory cats are Peggy and Dottie.
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Here’s the huge, homely evergreen tree that I had originally planned to remove entirely, but decided to trim it as shown.   (I admit that it did manage to mask the unattractiveness behind.)
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This new haircut for the nut tree was unplanned; originally the top was slated to be cut off. I like the “umbrella” effect. The purpose here was to control the excessive shade that was affecting my hibiscus.       The big maple in the middle of the photo is on the other side of the yard, had its beginning as a volunteer in a pot.  
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This is the maple tree, showing the branch that was not easily reachable with the ladder. I like it this way. This originally started as a volunteer, so persistent that I finally braided it, and now I’ll just see where it wants to go.
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A helicopter, I think maybe the Sheriff, looking around or coming into the airport.

….a surprise in my Tree Garden

My gardening is about as haphazard as my housekeeping.   Plants and trees just sort of fend for themselves, and left to their own devices they never cease to amaze me.    Years ago, when I first built this house, planted assorted trees and other plants….not counting the volunteers in my notorious “tree garden.”      One of the prettiest of my flowering varieties, with marvelous pink flowers, kept pace with another ornamental tree nearby…until we had an especially cold winter about five years ago which froze out and killed quite a lot of specimen in this area.   Although it has been apparent that this tree was indeed defunct, what with its growth covering of lichen.   The branches literally disintegrated to the point where many were removed by the wind itself.

Ever the optimist, last year I determined that among the miscellaneous plant life growing in the vicinity, several shoots were thought to be trees, but their species was quite unknown to me, and could be one of numerous trees in the near neighborhood.      So I let the people that wield weed-wappers and chainsaws, and such, in the area…that these weed-appearing growths are to be left alone.    The tree itself kept developing lichen, and chunks of it kept falling off…I could push the whole thing over if so inclined.

This morning my daughter (who lives next door) and I went for a walk around the place and I pointed out the tree, and its new growth.   The bark of the tree has reminded me of cherry tree bark, and the shoots were developing thickness enough to see that the bark was the same.   As my eye traveled up the tree…there were three pink flowers…which I recognized as being related to the tree in question, and a closer look found two more blossoms further down the branches.

I of course ran in the house to grab my camera.   My first shots were badly over exposed, with the sun high up behind the blossoms, so that the sky was bright and drowned out the delicate pink color.   Each blossom is about an inch in diameter.

 

 

 

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New Growth in front, next to the original tree.  

 

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Tree covered with lichen and moss.  New growth behind.

 

 

PINK CLOSE GOOD TREE GARDEN
A long shot toward the North, the barn and Tree Garden on the left rear,  the subject tree with the blossoms hanging from a new growth branch…the original tree to the right.
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Welcome blossoms!   

 

 

LAST DAY OF SUMMER

Friday was beautiful…75 degrees F.       On Saturday the cold and snow came in!   The photos may serve as reminders of the Summer of 2016.   (as of November 18-19, 2016)

 

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Glorious Red Maple, w/evergreen

 

 

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Long view

 

 

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Assortment of Leaves at My Place

 

 

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Felix and Mawkin talkin’ about the weather

 

 

 

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Last of the Daisies

 

 

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A blue-eyed Daisy.

 

 

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Eastern Path into the Tree Garden

 

 

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Rock in the Leaves 

 

 

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Center Path

 

 

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Heading North-East

 

 

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Clown Shadow 

 

 

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Center Fork

 

 

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Bittersweet House

 

 

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Mid Garden Maple

 

 

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Shadowy Intrigue

 

 

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Ring-a-thing, with Shadow

 

 

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Twirly

 

 

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Rock of Ages 

 

 

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Survivors!

 

 

 

 

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Close-up  Surprise

 

 

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Chair in Shadows

 

 

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Late-bloomers Peek Out

 

 

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Not only late, but protected by the chair because the plants grew among the maze-stones.

 

 

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Here We Are!

 

A trio of Shadorma poems of Trees

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From my Tree Garden, ©Sometimes,2015

Old Elm tree
American Elm
once a pest…
limbs too much shade,
extinction well on its way
lives in memories

tree farm grows
crop of sad seedlings?
Not at all…
consider
chance of life or none at all.
A purpose, not waste.

Of all gifts
nature has for us
best of all
may be trees
Trees serve us well all our days
from crib to coffin.

©Sometimes,2015

(Written for Shadorma Challenge)