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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Growth

In past blog entries, I have written  about the piece of land Jeff and I bought after it had been timbered.  Once he had "cleaned up" the land, we planted about two hundred trees. When this land was first timbered I was broken hearted not only about the loss of trees, but also the loss of other plants. during spring the ground under the trees was covered with small Jack-in-the-pulpets. I had transplanted several into my garden but couldn't save them all.

There were also thousands of woodland ferns that disappeared from the forest floor but after three years, these are returning in surprising abundance. Their curly fronds shine bright against a leaf littered collage of brown.

Today's walk took me around the potential mini-forest currently overrun with brambles.  Poplar trees threaten to overwhelm the  slow-growing hardwoods while some of our trees have succumbed to drought and animal damage.
It is hard to distinguish planted trees from brush.  I know they are in there, but where?
Look very hard through this mix of gray stems amid rusty brown leaves and you will see a feint blur of green. That green belongs to a hemlock. There are several hidden in the brambles.
Barely visible, these hemlocks give me hope. I have hope that there are other trees in there. That there are trees there slowly maturing, now storing energy absorbed last summer. It is November so they are preparing for their short winter rest.
We have left the briers hopping their thorns will provide a bit of protection until the trees are mature enough to shade the ground.   Hoping that our grand children will explore under a canopy of oaks and maples while they playfully lob hazel nuts and acorns at each other.
I am thankful for the regeneration of the forest

2 comments:

Jenn Jilks said...

I love this idea: replanting. In Ontario there are so many fallow fields.

We have a spot we are going to let grow over. I hope it does so.

Thank you for visiting My World !

KaHolly said...

Logging upsets me beyond all hope. I see too much of it when I'm hiking through Cape Breton and down into Maine. Some of it is thoughtlessly done. I'm glad you are paying such good attention to the acerage you have purchased. I look forward to checking up on the progress! Thank you for stopping by my blog.~karen