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Old 01-14-2014, 09:08 PM   #11
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There are still a lot of cones left on my cedar despite the mockingbird camping out on it. I just hope the starlings don't find it.
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Looking good, recurve. Let's hope the starlings never even show up.

....actually, your picture had me thinking there might just be a cedar...or some kind of juniper...right on the border (or just over the border) of the property line/hedgerow. I'll have to go out and check some next time I'm home before dark. If there is one there, my apple trees would already be susceptible to rust.
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Dap my cedar has the rust already and my neighbors apple trees are 50 feet away and every year they have plenty of apples on them. I don't know if it's because my cedar is downwind from the apple trees ( as the wind blows primarily from west to east here) that the spores don't spread that way it's just a theory I don't know enough about cedar apple rust.
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Dap my cedar has the rust already and my neighbors apple trees are 50 feet away and every year they have plenty of apples on them. I don't know if it's because my cedar is downwind from the apple trees ( as the wind blows primarily from west to east here) that the spores don't spread that way it's just a theory I don't know enough about cedar apple rust.
Thanks, recurve...I don't know much either--I even forgot to call it cedar apple rust. I like your theory about the wind...however the winds blowing from the west here would be blowing spores into our yard. Still, my apple trees would be planted more a lot more than 50 ft from any cedar I might add. (I've yet go add the Fuji apple trees. )
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:31 AM   #14
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Dap, it's okay to order apple trees instead of spending the entire plant budget on more natives. Feeding yourself is also acceptable. (BTW, if you've never tried Pink Lady, we like it even better than Fuji.)
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Not many birds here this Winter. Something fed upon the cedars last week. I see the bits and pieces of it's cones on the ground. Yesterday a TINY flock of Juncos came in and fed upon the Coneflowers I had planted around the pond. Nothing at all at the feeders since the cold spell. The blue jays that usually come have yet to pull the sunflowers from their heads... One set of rabbit tracks, Lots of eagles in flight though.
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Dap, it's okay to order apple trees instead of spending the entire plant budget on more natives. Feeding yourself is also acceptable. (BTW, if you've never tried Pink Lady, we like it even better than Fuji.)
Thanks, Rebek...I mentioned in the http://http://www.wildlifegardeners....ner-scale.html thread that I'm okay with food crops...but I don't know where to put the apple trees in the design, because in my mind they will look out of place.

By the way, thanks for the suggestion. I'll try the Pink Ladies (but I kind of think I did already). Any time I try a new variety of apple, I always go back to Fuji...but I'm open to a new ones. I grew up eating Yellow Delicious, moved on to Gala, until I discovered Fuji. Gala are still acceptable in a pinch...and I use yellow delicious (mixed with other varieties) in pies. . I'll try Pink Ladies next time I see them.
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