Saturday, May 12, 2018
Trees Have Stories.........
The old birch tree at the farm is glowing with the new growth and its bright white bark. It started out as a dark brown stick back in 1978 and has grown into this. I don’t know the life span of this kind of tree but I do know in the northern climates that they do die out when they live in a timber that crowds them out.
The Minnesota birch doesn’t shed its bark like the river birch. It does shed bark but not is a rapid rate each year. When I was a kid traveling west with family in the summers, I remember seeing the little birch bark canoes sold in gift shops. The canoe would be held together with laced seams of natural cording.
We had a very hard rainstorm last night with lots of lighting and thunder. It was at 2:00 am as I had to sit on the floor with Barney to comfort him. His hearing hasn’t failed so he knows we are getting a storm. At one time I could hear sporadic times of hail but it wasn’t the kind that destroys plants. I looked out this morning and all my tomato plants seem to be intact. I have seen hail strip the leaves from tomato plants but it was good news to see all of them standing straight and are still green.
We are staying close to home today for Barney’s sake of an impending rain storms again. It is suppose to let up closer to the noon time so we will venture to the bookstore at a later time. We are gray with overcast skies and the sun has not been seen yet today. Hopefully we will see sunshine by this afternoon. I wish you all to have a great day.