Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Optimists Plant Fruit Trees

I have planted fruiting gardens everywhere I have ever lived, being an incurable optimist.

Sometimes my plantings have been wildly successful, sometimes they have yielded a steady return of delightful ripe fruit. Only one was an outright failure and that was because it was a mislabeled graft of a particular grape I was interested in. So I encourage you to consider planting fruit for your future if you have even a tiny space. Growing Mason Bees increases yields mightily unless you live next to a bee hive.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Glorious Summer Above 5,000 Feet

Lush Mountain Meadows in Olympic National Park

My favorite times in the mountains have always been about 3 weeks after snow melt through September and January here in the Pacific Northwest. I lived for backpacking, climbing and skiing until a knee injury limited my mobility. Now I glory in the paved trails up on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics that allow me to soak up a big dose of beauty. Thanks to the National Park Service! They are 100 years old this year.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wonderful Summer Memories

Joyful!    !!!!!!!

A row of Lombardy Poplar trees makes my heart sing!

Yes, I know that multiple exclamation points look silly. However, that is what the Lombardy Poplars look like to me when planted in a row. I find that so appropriate, as even a single specimen of these trees attracts me and raises my spirits.

In the late winter, the buds smell delightful. In spring, the fountain of delicate green leaves are hopeful. In summer, they march along in a stout formation. In the fall, the leaves begin to turn golden and as they fall, a heady perfume wafts up from them. And of course, they are hard working as windbreaks year round and so often are found on the fence lines of fields.

You can find them in the Skagit Valley near Seattle and in many other farming locations. This row is on Lopez Island. I know of a few in Seattle city, usually planted as one or a pair for a vertical element in the landscape, but they are too large for the average lot.

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