One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Nathan stands triumphant over a 50' Cherry of suspect parentage
Here at the Arboretum we have a tremendous collection of Cherries. It's wonderful in the spring (that is just around the corner in two months) but a downside is that a lot of pollination goes on, and a lot of fruit develops. Birds eat the fruit, and if they can't find your car, they just deposit the seeds randomly. We all pull a lot of little Cherries every year and I expect being in such close proximity to the Prunus collection exacerbates the problem. If we miss the little seedlings they turn into trees.Tuesday and Wednesday Neal, Amanda, Nate, and I resumed our peripheral area reclamation days working on the wood edge in the Hamamelis collection. We removed truckloads of unwanted trees, shrubs, and vines including a good number of Cherries and I have to say that the view of the Witchhazel collection is much more pleasant today than it was Monday..