And now for something completely different...
What with the recently released Supreme Court decisions, the filibuster in Texas saving choice, and Edward Snowden's peripatetic quest for asylum, there has been no lack of topical diaries here today. My diary tonight has nothing to do with any of that stuff. It's about my back yard. In fact, it's about a single tree in my back yard.
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We bought our house in 2005. The house sits on an approximately 3 acre plot of land, about a third of it heavily wooded. The previous owner was a little old lady who let the back yard go a bit wild. A fair amount of the back was overtaken by the multiflora japonica rose, an invasive species that severely limits what you can do with the property. So since we moved in, I have been at war with the multifora rose.
After years of making slow progress in reclaiming the back yard, we hired a guy with a backhoe to remove some wooden beams from the yard, and we asked him to go after the remaining multifora roses. It probably would have taken me two or three more years to do what he did in one afternoon. The yard is now very nearly free of the invasive rose, and as a result, we have discovered a few surprises. One of those surprises was an entire tree!
The tree is fairly small--no more than about 20 feet tall. It had been shielded on one side by a much larger tree (an ash), and on the other side by an impenetrable thicket of multiflora rose, now removed. So what the heck is this tree? We haven't quite figured that out yet, but we have some ideas.
I took some photos last May when it was blooming:
Here are the flowers themselves:
The tree has thorns, and is in the rose family, probably a hawthorn, though we don't know for sure.
But it was such a shock to me that we would find an entire full-grown tree that we didn't know was already there. You'd think it would be too hard to lose something that big.
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