Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Elms

I just love elm trees. Hops have appeared by the 9th of September and then leaves will come but when I took these photos, the trees were winter bare. The hops will quickly dry and fall off, spreading the trees' seed and the leaves will burst forth from the branches with the most brilliant and fresh green.

If we have a killer succession of over 40 degree days during summer, there may be a huge leaf drop, but otherwise, the trees will look ok into late summer. By March the trees will look very tired and with a sense of relief,  drop their leaves through April and May, and then bunker down for our winter. One can only hope that winter next year is not a long and painful as this year's winter has been.



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  1. I am fond of elms too.
    And do hope that summer is slow to arrive and mild this year. Some rain would be nice as well while I am being greedy.

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    1. We have rain here. Come on over, I'll put the kettle on :)

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    2. EC, why should we not be greedy about the weather. It's not like it is going to make any difference.

      River, your rain tree seems to be sending quite a bit over here.

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  2. It won't be long before your trees are all green again.Here's hoping you don't have a scorcher of a summer.

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    1. Marie, before this year I would have said I prefer a cold winter to a hot summer, but I am not so sure now.

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  3. By coincidence I just a posted weather related post on my blog noting that yesterday Sydney recorded its hottest day for this time of year in the past 158 years. This follows from a mild, almost non-existent, winter. Canadians and others (dare I include Melbournians?) would laugh at what Sydney regards as a winter.

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    1. Victor, it was 34 degrees. Amazing! I was once cold in Sydney, for about an hour.

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    2. I remember moving to Sydney from Queensland and having to buy shoes and jumpers for babies that had never worn them any, then we moved later to Melbourne and found out how cold it is there :(

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  4. We had a terrible summer here. Wasn't the heat so much as all the forest fires and terrible air from smoke. Couldn't enjoy summer. I hope yours is better, not to fierce, not too bad. Just like I hope our winter isn't like last winter, the longest grayest rainiest most depressing we'd seen in ages, to be followed by a very depressing smoke filled summer.

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    1. Strayer, yes it really isn't great when you have the two major season like you have experienced. Thanks for keeping us informed. It makes us feel better when our weather is bad.

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  5. Pretty, pretty! Our winter was very mild, and very short here this year. I want more!!!! :)

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    1. Lee, your winter would be nicer if it was permanent and there wasn't a summer.

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  6. I am on my knees every night praying for a mild winter. I hate the cold.

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    1. Cro, at least it is not as bad as in the 'old country'.

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  7. I don't think I've ever seen an elm tree and certainly don't know what the hops look like. I'll look up google images and probably say "oh, I know those trees..."

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    1. River, I can't remember seeing them there but I am sure you would have them. The seeds are encased in small delicate structure that dry and fall and then blow around everywhere.

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  8. You sure have had terrible temperatures down there. My boys have been sick on and off for ages with colds and flu and gastro. Not that weather causes that but it doesn't help.

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    1. Diane, the good about it is that it will delay my complaining about the heat once summer arrives.

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  9. I love them too Andrew, deciduous trees are fabulous, I have three naked trees in the garden just starting to bud, I look forward to the dropping of leaves and even more the dropping temperature after summer.

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    1. Grace, as street trees, there is no beating planes and elms. I used to love the seasons of deciduous trees in our gardens, when we had them.

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