sick sad trees, snow, wood and what else

Chris has some unknown sick tree. What I want to know is, has she figured out what it is yet??

We have way too many sick trees at work, mostly maples, birches, gingkos. The larger maples are likely suffering from sugar maple dieback, but the saplings were probably just not planted right. Or were crappy stock. Or are ailing because they’re on the grounds of the old Maine Insane Asylum, and over 150 years of sadness and suffering is built up into the soil. Here are some old postcard images from the glory days.

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That last one is dead, the gingkos to the left don’t have the dead branches like the others, but they don’t look good.

The healthiest looking tree on the grounds? A weeping birch.


still there… but going quickly!
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Doesn’t look like much, but there is a fair amount of ice there. I’ll put my wellies in my car to investigate early next week.

winter wood

We have four cords of wood in the driveway…
wood delivery 18may2010 (8)

what else?

Whining. The cortisone is wearing off. The right elbow is starting with that twitchy weird feeling that presaged the actual lateral epicondylitis in the left. The left has that cold after you hit your “funny bone” feeling at the back, and has started again with pain in the lateral epicondyle. I have not been knitting very much. I was out of work for a week, so little to no typing. I won’t be moving much or any of that wood. My dye plant seedlings still await their planting (maybe I’ll harden them off anyhow), and they won’t make into the ground this weekend.

I won’t make this year’s Fiber Frolic. Which is for a good reason, my FIL died Mother’s Day night, and the service for him will be that weekend, in PA. Just 6 months after MIL died around Thanksgiving.

Maybe I’ll get out the spinning wheel… But after a nap, I feel better, but still get tired easily. waaaaa….

4 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    Ugh about your elbows. :(

    I’m pretty sure that it’s a thornless, podless cultivar of honey locust. I think the weird, dry spring we had is probably responsible for how sad it looks in spots. I see that many other trees of this type look about the same throughout the city.

  2. 2

    kmkat said,

    May 22, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Sadness everywhere. ::sigh::

  3. 3

    Lucia said,

    May 24, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    I will miss you at Frolic! But for a good reason. Sigh.

  4. 4

    Emily said,

    May 24, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    Sad news about your elbows. Are you going back in for another cortisone shot?

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