Saturday, April 22, 2006


They are actually a touch late this year, the leaves. Up on the mountain in the back, there are waves of green down the ridges, fun to watch and they will very quickly go away.




Ok, so those are flowers, not leaves. But there are leaves in the photo.


See the thorns? This is the best fence post wood.


madcapmum said...

You must have a different variety of poplar than we do, because I'm surrounded by them and I've never seen flowers like that.

Laura said...

Flowers? I thought those were leaves - but yes, very different from the leaves we see on poplars here. We have two kinds, black or balsam poplar, and white poplar also known as trembling aspen.

I wonder if you have any trees that are the same as up here? Funny, they talk about a "small world" but this blogging stuff makes it seem bigger.

clairesgarden said...

nice to have the diverstiy of so many different kinds of trees, Scotland mostly has non-native sitca spruce,pine which they are clearfelling and leaving wasteland, bah!! it isn't even being used for anything productive as it is such poor quality(wrong kind of tree for the growing conditions, took em 50yrs to figure that out)it is being pulped and exported, dont know what they do with it after its exported.

the Contrary Goddess said...

yeah, I'm going "flowers?" too. My comment about flowers only applied to the redbud photo but I guess that isn't clear.

The poplars here are tulip poplars and I'll try to get a photo of those -- they are great. And I've been trying to catch the cucumber magnolia blooming for a photo -- my favorite tree I think -- a diciduous magnolia.

As to diversity, I live in one of the most diverse places on earth because it is cold enough for us to have northern varieties of many things AND southern varieties of things.


the Contrary Goddess said...

ok, you can tell I haven't had much time and am busy -- I meant to say, and it is warm enough that we have southern varieties of many things.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the Southern Appalachians too and just walked down to check them mail (about 2000 feet) and made note of how many different kinds of trees I walked by: Here's the tally:

tulip poplar
sugar maple
hard rock maple
black walnut
white walnut (butternut)
shagbark hickory
white pine
yellow pine
black pine
white oak
red oak
mountain laurel
wild cherry
mountain ash

I only counted native trees, not any we plated.

clairesgarden said...

you know I might try to do that on the way to work one day(will have to have tree book in hand), there are trees all along the old railway line I cycle to work, that might give me more hope than looking at the 'highlands of scotland' view.
CG, I liked the tulip shaped leaves on that poplar photograph,

the Contrary Goddess said...

yeah, aren't those tulip shaped leaves great. When fully formed, they are great big hand shaped leaves. And it seems the smaller the tree, the bigger its leaves. But it gets it name of tulip poplar because it has tulip like flowers. Really.

clairesgarden said...

identification failure! I got hawthorn, beech, brambles and raspberries, but can't identify the trees with no leaves yet, lots of nice things starting to appear in the undergrowth though. look forward to a photograph of the flowers on your tree.

Buffy said...

Nice. Reminds me of home.