Kind David Apple Tree Out of Control

Lawdamercy, what have I allowed to occur?! The whole heritage apple orchard was largely overrun last year by a wild hops vine, hence the twistiness of all those trees, but this!!—THIS will require some cleaning to sort out scion from rootstock and figure out which cuts I’ll need to make this year.

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The Distinct Leaf Scar of the Paw Paw Tree

Once you’ve seen it, you’ll always recognize it. North America’s largest native fruit tree, and an escapee from the tropics: Asimina triloba, commonly known as the Paw Paw.

Hazelnuts Hurting Themselves

Crossed branches on one of our hazelnut bushes. The rubbing is creating damage and an entryway for disease, so it’ll have to be cleaned up. This will be this bush’s 3rd year on the property, I think. Looking forward to some hazelnuts before too long!

Elderberries Waking Up

Not a good sign: these things are actually pushing leaves, and we’re still two weeks away from February!

More Straw for the Yard & Garden

I’d LITERALLY just cleaned out Dr Frasier Crane after my trip up north and here I junk him up again! Picked up more straw from Abbot’s: we need it to cover grass seed in the front yard and for our large raised bed, “The Barge.”

Bird Tracks in the Snow

The birds have been out scratching for seed, and they should be finding some! We’re putting out a cup every day for them.