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If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Birch

I've never figured out why birch grows where it does. There are scattered birches in the Balsam Poplar forest, but we have one spot the is predominately river birch. At least when you count trees. By weight the poplar and the paper birch have them beat. I'm not sure if this is a stable situation or if it's another, more subtle transition event. Trees do teach me patience.

River birch is scrawnier than paper birch. But it has a lovely dark coloured bark. I'd like to propagate it. Maybe this summer, I;ll catch some seed. (Birch seed is not viable for long after it scatters to the wind.) Even if I'm not successful I may try transplanting a small one into the yard, and see what it does when it gets a decent amount of sunlight.


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