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In the garden: After moar rain. Moar thigmotropism!

Yeah, OK, flower, water drops. But anyhow:

(Part of me wants a whole bed of poppies, but I think I like a wildflower mix, with poppies included, that cycles through a whole season even better.)

The sun came out, so glint on the raspberries:

(The raspberries and the forsythia, that is. Missed the filbert. Damn!)

And more glint, from squash climbing up an oak tree, a volunteer that has only recently come to my attention:

At least I think that's an oak tree; aren't those oak leaves?

And here I have an actual practical question: If it is an oak tree, when I break out my shovel, is it worth moving? Right now, it's near the house, and at some point that's going to cause trouble. I have a horrible Norway maple I'd love to cut down, but it's near the power lines and so the city trims the limbs in an ugly way. So maybe cutting that down and replacing it with oak isn't sensible. If I wanted the oak to grow happily, where should I move it to? Or rather, since you don't know my patch of land intimately, what can I get away with? Exactly like the beneficial (and not malevolent) weeds, it makes sense to replant them for my own purposes.

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Submitted by lambert on

Foolishly, it didn't occur to me to take photos of the undersides....

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by nippersdad on

Not foolish at al!

II looked it up on Wikipedia and various other sites that I frequent and couldn't find a reference to one with red stems and undersides. Unfortunately, that was my best guess.

Although, Wiki said that there are like 370 different cultivars and mentions wildflower meadows. You may have gotten an unusual variant in your wildflower mixture. Your best bet would be to compare the flowers and leaves to online images. Is it stoloniferous? You know, stuff like that.

You just cannot beat having an example in front of you.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm not going to able to find an acorn, but I can take pictures of the underside of the leaf and whatever else would be helpful. From your description, I would have to think very carefully about placement....

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I am pretty sure that that is a red oak. I double checked in my "oak book" when I first posted. They are beautiful trees, especially when they are left to grow into their natural form. They get large enough that you might be able to trim it up and have the benefit of shading your house. That is what we did, we have a red oak that shades the eastern side of our house. Planting trees has done wonders for our heat and air bills, but it kind of screws up my eventual plans for solar panels on the roof.........I guess you can't have everything....But now I want a solar driveway!

Submitted by lambert on

Maybe I could cut down the Norway maple and put in the oak; that would save the roof in my lifetime, and by the time the oak was grown, who knows what the world would be like?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by nippersdad on

Trees are the enemies of roofs? How so?

I planted our red oak about fifteen years ago and it is now about sixty feet tall; I think we may have found where the old outhouse was. They grow pretty fast if they are happy, so you may not have to wait for very long to enjoy the benefits of a good shade tree.

Submitted by lambert on

... because they are messy and drip water and snow and encourage stuff to grow by providing nutrients like twigs and leaves.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by jo6pac on

What the hell is that?;)

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Submitted by nippersdad on

That looks like a red oak: Quercus Rubra. If that is the case, you are looking at something with the potential to max out at a hundred feet tall and around half that wide. It grows fast and is easy to transplant when young; no tap root to speak of.

They are great trees that can grow just about anywhere but need a lot of space to develop its' proper rounded form.

Submitted by lambert on

Let me get a shot that's closer. One moment...

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi