Most of my childhood and youth in Winnipeg, Manitoba, there was a weed tree everywhere, called Manitoba Maple. I never knew what it was, and over the years I’ve kind of thought about it. But never enough to find out more about it. It was just a big, ungainly deciduous tree that seemed to thrive in the awful cold and extreme heat that was Manitoba in the winter and the summer.
Now I’m in Kansas, and I’ve spent a huge amount of thought trying to find something – a shade tree — that would grow fast, take extreme cold, extreme heat, occasional drenching downpours with brief standing water.
Well, I’m no Agatha Christie, so you’ve probably guessed what I ended up with.
It turns out that Manitoba Maple is actually Acer Negundo, known here as Box Elder. And now there are ten of them in my new Woodland Walk.
Last week we had 48 – yes, that is not a typo – 48 trees put into the woodland and at the entrance. They’ve been struggling in the sudden heat and dryness, with a lot of babying from the sprinklers and hoses.
But last night it rained, quite a lot, about 1/3 inch…and this morning this is what I woke up to.
The Woodland Walk looks like a dream of a woodland walk.
The entry grove brings me to tears.
The new climbing Rose, Above & Beyond, just gave me its first flower,and it looks EXACTLY like its picture.
I was not expecting any flowers this year. I planted it bare root last fall, not recommended, but that is when it arrived so that is when I did it. And two days ago I noticed an orange bud. And today a gorgeous, apricot flower – surrounded by more buds. I can hardly wait.
The rose people seeing this will notice it has some Rose slug damage, but I got the appropriate treatment and tomorrow they will be toast!