Friday, October 31, 2008
The two groups of Larch trees were planted when we first acquired this land fourteen years ago. Their water was trucked in using covered five gallon pails. Ed was younger then and carried two pails at once across the meadow and up the hill. Now a rest is required to walk up the hill empty handed. Each planting had three trees at the start. One tree was lost in each group.
The field guide identifies the larch tree as deciduous since it drops its needles. This characteristic is why we planted them. A pine tree that is bare all winter just seemed like a must have. The fall yellow color is a plus also.
The trees have been producing cones only recently. With me education always follows acquisition. Now I know that the larch tree prefers a moist location. I carry cones to the area at the base of the ridge where water is abundant. The first trees from seed have yet to make their appearance. Another reason to look forward to next year.