Two Bur Oaks and a Crawdad

A group of swamp white oaks Healthy soil is important, but for whom?  In the Garden  The young bur oak would not be kept down. Yet again it revealed itself among the standing dead stalks of a large patch of purple bee balm, a good three feet tall and leafing out. In spring, a bur oak’s leaves look like sharp-edged, glossy cutouts. They are not green, but shade delicately among soft corals, tans and pinks. The green comes a bit later, like a slow-motion wave gently pervading each leathery leaf. The question, as it had been for several years, was what to do with this young newcomer to the garden.  About ten feet away and across the walk from house to garage stands a second bur oak that I’d started from an acorn some twelve years ago. I’ve enjoyed watching it grow its first sets of true leaves, become large enough to attract birds and then mature enough to bear acorns. This winter I limbed it up three feet from the ground, mainly to give the sedges and wild geraniums growing underneath a

Gone Out, Back Soon

Well, a box of plants arrived that needed putting in; Earth Day for me is more like Earth Week (month, year, lifetime) so I've been helping at workdays or attending events; and it's nearing the end of the semester, which means loads of essays to read and mark: in short, not much thinking and writing time.

The next real post will be up within a few days. Happy gardening to all.

Comments

Dave Coulter said…
Every day is Earth Day ,eh? :)