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

Guest Post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden

Carole Brown, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden, has put up a guest post I wrote about reconciliation ecology and its importance as a first principle for gardeners. I feel honored to have been invited to post at such a well-known and popular blog. You can find "Reconciliation Ecology and the Beautiful Wildlife Garden" here.

Comments

Gail said…
Loved it Adrian, gail
Don Plummer said…
Congratulations on being a guest blogger!

Tallamy's book is one of my favorites, too. I got to meet him last year. He was the keynote speaker at the Ohio Botanical Symposium. I would have loved to have him as a teacher.
Hi Don,

Lucky you. He has really popularized native plant gardening.
Anonymous said…
Adrian, I was delighted to see your guest post earlier today at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Like all your posts, it was thoughtful and so well written. I am in the middle of reading Tallamy's book and finding it very engrossing. -Jean
hi Jean,

Thanks. Yes, Tallamy's book puts everything in such good perspective. I really like the pictures, too.