Beau May 11th, 2008
The wind is really blowing today, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have sustained loss and damage during the storms since yesterday. The electricity flickered on and off here as the wind blew and blew. Sometime during the night we lost one of our oak trees by the pond. I liked this tree because it leaned out a little over the water, providing some shade off a southern slope. But the base of the tree had a small cavity and I always wondered how long it would last. It was still growing nicely, but with the saturated soil the wind just plowed it over, along with a few smaller landscape trees I had planted.
I guess I’m thankful this one didn’t fall straight in the water, and I can cut most of it up for firewood now. But it’s going to be here a while since my list of things to do is growing longer rather than shorter. Maybe we’ll plant a new small oak between the two cedars just above the waterline?
One of our Dogwood trees has flowers tinged with pink this year. They are really pretty, but it’s strange because they’ve just been a little different shade of white in the past. Is this a different variety or the effect of different soil conditions? I don’t know, but I like them this way.
I also really like Iris flowers in spring. They grow and bloom almost anywhere, and in a few years you have masses of them growing together. It seems like once started, they’re actually hard to get rid of. They grow in the gravel driveway, in ditches and even in the yard at times. And the tuberous roots help stabilize the soil once they’re established. But it’s a beautiful flower to carry the spirit of spring through the season.