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Old 06-12-2019, 09:42 AM   #21
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I love the sumacs! Like little umbrellas in the forest you can stand under.
Their colony increases in size every year by sending out runners. The reason why the taller ones are surrounded by decreasingly smaller ones!
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:16 PM   #22
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I love the sumacs! Like little umbrellas in the forest you can stand under.
Their colony increases in size every year by sending out runners. The reason why the taller ones are surrounded by decreasingly smaller ones!
I would like a small colony of it, but I am not sure where it would fit on the property. Mostly, mine are single trees or small groups.

The same is true for the colony forming gray dogwood-- I love those mounds--probably partly because, as a kid my best friend and I found a huge colony with a path through its center (or, he created a path through its center. He always called it "the tunnel of trees".
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Oh...and I forgot to mention, havalotta: I recently found out some people around here call sumacs "Pennsylvania palm trees"! That almost cracked me up.
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By the way, Jack, this in no way is a push for you to get rid of yiurs... if I recall it was a gift from your daughter.

I just wanted you to know that it finally got done...and I think the resulting thicket will be very wildlife friendly.
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By the way, Jack, this in no way is a push for you to get rid of yiurs... if I recall it was a gift from your daughter.

I just wanted you to know that it finally got done...and I think the resulting thicket will be very wildlife friendly.
The plant in question is a dwarf form of Japanese Maple. It stands about four feet high, if that, and it struggles successfully with a large viburnum next to it, though it is slowly losing that battle due to light deprivation. I caan assure you, Dap, there would be no "resulting thicket" were I to remove it, which I have no plans on doing...

BTW, Dap, on a totally unrelated topic, I have accepted a teaching position for one year at The American School in Switzerland and will be departing the states for ten months, August to June, in eight weeks!!! Google the word TASIS to check the place out. I'll still have access to WG, but I fear you may not be hearing too much from me for that time period. I'm replacing a woman who is leaving on maternity leave for the year...
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The plant in question is a dwarf form of Japanese Maple. It stands about four feet high, if that, and it struggles successfully with a large viburnum next to it, though it is slowly losing that battle due to light deprivation. I caan assure you, Dap, there would be no "resulting thicket" were I to remove it, which I have no plans on doing...

BTW, Dap, on a totally unrelated topic, I have accepted a teaching position for one year at The American School in Switzerland and will be departing the states for ten months, August to June, in eight weeks!!! Google the word TASIS to check the place out. I'll still have access to WG, but I fear you may not be hearing too much from me for that time period. I'm replacing a woman who is leaving on maternity leave for the year...
I remember that it had sentimental value to you.

I just wanted you to see the area after the demise of the one I inherited from a previous owner. It actually looks like a bit of a mess right now (by human standards), but I suspect it is very appealing to birds. I can't wait until my two black gum grow up and make their presence known. I certainly hope at least one is female--preferably both (since I have a male nearby).

I am getting excited about things maturing.

As to your news:

Wow! That is unexpected news. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your adventure. Keep in touch.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:11 PM   #27
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BTW, Dap, on a totally unrelated topic, I have accepted a teaching position for one year at The American School in Switzerland and will be departing the states for ten months, August to June, in eight weeks!!! Google the word TASIS to check the place out. I'll still have access to WG, but I fear you may not be hearing too much from me for that time period. I'm replacing a woman who is leaving on maternity leave for the year...
What a fascinating experience that should be! And a great way to add even more to your legacy. Well done!
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Oh...and I forgot to mention, havalotta: I recently found out some people around here call sumacs "Pennsylvania palm trees"! That almost cracked me up.
Funny ...Thanks for the share!
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What a fascinating experience that should be! And a great way to add even more to your legacy. Well done!
Fascinating experience, yes, I hope. Also a bit nerve wracking, as I've never left home for this long since I did it in the service as a kid. I've got four weeks left before departure, and a mind that is filled with things to make sure I finish and leave secure.

Some mornings I awaken and wonder what the hell I'm about to do, but then as the day progresses, I gain my cool and begin to once again look forward to the adventure...
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