Monday, April 5, 2010
We did manage to get the tamarack tree moved from the back wall of the quarry to its new home on the west side of the house. I have to admit to a prejudice toward these deciduous trees; I used to dislike them, for I could see no point in owning an 'evergreen' tree that wasn't evergreen, for in the fall, the needles turn yellow (beautiful, by the way) and then fall off.
Way back when Joel and David were little boys, they bought Carl a 4" tall tamarack (or maybe it is a larch?) for Father's Day from now-closed Green Acres Greenhouse. We planted it in the garden and to everyone's delight, it grew, and I started to come to a realization of how graceful this tree really is. Below is a closeup of the bark on this young tree.
About three years ago, we bought 25 seedlings listed as Japanese Larch, but really, it's anyone's guess as to their true genetics. The trees were only about 4" tall and we didn't want to lose them out in the Back Eight Acres amongst the tall grass, so we stuck them here and there in the quarry hill garden. We transplanted several out to the Eight last year, and gave two of them away; but we still have three to move. We finally did succeed in getting one moved on Saturday, after the light rain passed.