Many unusual and showy
trees and shrubs are in the park, around the houses, in the copse and hither
and yon across the farm. We love to grow everything and had more than enough
space to do so over the years, starting new trees from seeds and cuttings or
planting saplings. Our Bur Oaks are all from acorns we sprouted. Our willows
are all from cuttings. We have Golden Rain trees from seed, maples of various
kinds from seed, showy locusts of various kinds and so forth. We also have
mature shrubs, such as the fabulous Beauty Bush and trumpet vine and lilacs
that are showstoppers, bringing in butterflies and hummingbirds. The lilacs
make a heavenly scent across the farm in spring, and these include many special
varieties, such as Miss Canada, Japanese Tree Lilac, Sensation, and others.
This farm seems to have a natural way of sprouting young from all these
specimens, giving the new owners the opportunity to transplant and sell the
trees for landscaping. The trees and shrubs are too numerous to illustrate all,
so below is a sampling of the many mature specimens.
As with the natural
world, this farm has some trees in decline and a few old specimens that have
died. Our policy is to leave sound dead trees in place because they are habitat
and feeding sources for birds. Dead trees are also an excellent source of free,
Beauty Bush (above and
in one of the lilac specimens (above).
The big native
cottonwoods in front of the cottage house frame a winter sunset scene at the
full moon rising (above).
In spring, the
flowering crabapples along the garden fence and drive make a glorious riot of
Dawn light makes the
red leaves of the Japanese maple glow (above). Below is the drive between the
Hobbit House and the Dome house.
Various mature vines
attractive to hummingbirds bloom in profusion on the fences and the Hobbit
house, such as the showy honeysuckle (above) and the trumpet vine
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