Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What's Going On?

Today was a spectacular summer day. Cool, dry, breezy and sunny.  We spent it at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, always a favorite.  It was comfortable --- a little hot in the sun, but gorgeous and refreshing in the shade.

Queen Anne's Lace is blooming everywhere along the roads, in open spaces, all over CT and Mass.  And in the meadow out back.

What's going on here?  The little black gum by the dry creek bed in back has suddenly doubled in size. The whole upper canopy, above what used to be the saddle shaped lower branches, is new.

Remember how saddle shaped the deformed little tree was?  It was planted in 2006, and by 2009 the flat top was evident.

I trussed it and kept tension on the middle branches to hold them upright.  Just a year ago, in spring 2011 it looked like this, with that curved top branch trying to grow upright.

Suddenly this summer it is twice as big.  This is its seventh summer in my garden, and it looks like a real black gum, a real tupelo now!