New Life for Chinkapin

Last year I posted on a “Lack of Courage” about a Chinkapin Oak. I cut the tree down to about 3 inches last fall and hoped for the best.  This spring to prevent deer browse I put two tree protectors around the tree. Now in Mid-July there is a lot of new growth.  Some of…

Baby Bettlereiche

Bettlereiche was the very large and old oak that I visited in Switzerland in May 2019. Somehow a few acorns from that tree jumped in my luggage and found their way back to Minnesota.  In late May I planted them in seed starter soil and kept them watered outside.  And surprisingly they have grown.  I…

Winching Trees

So we had a big flood that flattened a bunch of trees.  I have fixed the smaller under 6 foot trees by putting them in new tree tubes and a new PVC stake.  Some of those trees have leaves coated in mud and are still waterlogged.  I hope that the tree tubes will provide an…

Flood of June 2019

Many of the trees I have been planting over the years have been in a clearing on flood plain land by the Zumbro River.  Other trees have been planted in a clearing on a high ridge above the Zumbro River.  Overnight on Thursday June 27th we had around 7 inches of rain.  With the river…

Strasbourg Cathedral

A visit to Strasbourg and the great Cathedral is well worth it if you are in eastern France, southwest Germany or Switzerland.  I visited the Cathedral in 2015 and found it to be a unique piece of Gothic Architecture.  The first thing you notice is the very tall, but off center tower.  It was the…

Tree Hunters Part III

What are the biggest trees in the world?  By biggest I mean tree volume not height.  The Giant Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California have generally been considered the biggest.  But have all the giant trees been found?  My previous posts on Tree Hunters focused on Europe and Eastern United States tree hunters. …

The Butternut

I was reading the June/July 2019 Minnesota Forestry Association Woodlands bulletin.  There was an article on “The Endangered Trees of Minnesota”.  Two species – Butternut and Eastern Hemlock are considered endangered, meaning that they are vulnerable to extinction.  Per the article Butternut is a medium to large hardwood tree with pinnately compound leaves and thick,…

Tall Tower

On a recent trip to Europe we spent 3 days in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.  This valley was an inspiration that J.R.R. Tolkien took for Rivendell. What about the two towers in Lord of the Rings?  Could the Ulm Minster steeple have been an inspiration for Tolkien?  I can’t find any evidence of this,…

Bettlereiche

Can you pronounce “Bettlereiche”?  I can’t.  Bettlereiche is the name of a tree I visited in Thun, Switzerland.  When planning a May 2019 trip to Germany, France, and Switzerland I explored the Monumental Trees website for a big tree to visit.  I found one in Thun Switzerland which we stayed one night in.  So on…

Tree Hunters Part II

In the USA there is a tree hunter site called the Native Tree Society.  As an aside the Native Tree Society was first the Eastern Native Tree Society.  The acronym for the original was ENTS.  If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings you know what Ents are.  If not google it.  Most…