Sunday, May 07, 2006

Trees

I think I'm a tree addict.

Since we moved to this property last fall, I've planted:
6 apples
4 'Green Giant' arborvitae
3 redbuds
2 peaches
2 sweet cherries
2 tart cherries
2 pines
2 serviceberries
1 tri-color beech
1 dogwood
1 Japanese maple
1 paperbark maple
1 filbert
1 Chinese chestnut
1 sweetbay magnolia
--
30 trees and counting. Plus a few acorns.

Add in the previous two suburban lots, and my totals are:
8 apples
6 redbuds
4 'Green Giant' arborvitae
3 peaches
3 serviceberries
3 Japanese maples
2 sweet cherries
2 tart cherries
2 paw paws
2 pines
2 dogwoods
2 three-flowered maples
2 flowering crabapples
1 tri-color beech
1 paperbark maple
1 filbert
1 Chinese chestnut
1 sweetbay magnolia
1 ornamental cherry
1 thornless honeylocust
1 red maple
1 purple-leaf sandcherry
--
50 trees and counting.

That's an average of about 8 trees a year. Of course the 30 in six months may have skewed it a bit. And a few of them didn't make it over the years. One dogwood, one three-flowered maple, and the paw-paws. There were also a few transplants to better locations. But unlike other plants, I can still remember every tree I planted. I think.

I'm already looking at some hybrid poplars, a honeylocust, some new paw-paws, some nut trees, American and lacebark elms, maybe a sycamore, maybe an oak, maple, black walnut, Kentucky coffeetree... I'd better stop. I think I could easily triple the number of trees on our property without even batting an eye. Except that neither time nor money is infinite.

That, and it's hard to grow fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and pasture in full shade.

4 Comments:

At 5/07/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger madcapmum said...

That, and it's hard to grow fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and pasture in full shade.

Those trees are awfully seductive, aren't they? Only the thought of fresh veggies kept me from filling the yard with trees and shrubs, but now I've got a terrible lust for more land.

 
At 5/07/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger Suzer said...

Admiting you have a problem is the first step!

 
At 5/07/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Just a few more acres!

I will now avert my eyes from the "For Sale" sign across the road...

 
At 5/07/2006 6:51 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

Just say no!

Ps thanks for all the oxygen you are creating

 

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