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Trees

Many unusual and showy trees and shrubs are in the park, around the houses, in the copse and hither and yon across the farm. We love to grow everything and had more than enough space to do so over the years, starting new trees from seeds and cuttings or planting saplings. Our Bur Oaks are all from acorns we sprouted. Our willows are all from cuttings. We have Golden Rain trees from seed, maples of various kinds from seed, showy locusts of various kinds and so forth. We also have mature shrubs, such as the fabulous Beauty Bush and trumpet vine and lilacs that are showstoppers, bringing in butterflies and hummingbirds. The lilacs make a heavenly scent across the farm in spring, and these include many special varieties, such as Miss Canada, Japanese Tree Lilac, Sensation, and others. This farm seems to have a natural way of sprouting young from all these specimens, giving the new owners the opportunity to transplant and sell the trees for landscaping. The trees and shrubs are too numerous to illustrate all, so below is a sampling of the many mature specimens.

As with the natural world, this farm has some trees in decline and a few old specimens that have died. Our policy is to leave sound dead trees in place because they are habitat and feeding sources for birds. Dead trees are also an excellent source of free, on-site firewood.
Beauty Bush along the drive
Beauty Bush (above and below).

Beauty Bush

Butterflies and lilac
Swallowtail butterflies in one of the lilac specimens (above).

Butterfliy

Magnolia

Cottonwoods
The big native cottonwoods in front of the cottage house frame a winter sunset scene at the full moon rising (above).

Idaho Locust

Crabapples
In spring, the flowering crabapples along the garden fence and drive make a glorious riot of color.
spring blossoms

spring flowers

Rocky Mountain chokecherry

Japanese Maple

Dawn light makes the red leaves of the Japanese maple glow (above). Below is the drive between the Hobbit House and the Dome house.
Drive between cottage and dome house

Bradford pear

Honeysuckle vine
Various mature vines attractive to hummingbirds bloom in profusion on the fences and the Hobbit house, such as the showy honeysuckle (above) and the trumpet vine (below).
Hummer in trumpet vine

Lilacs

Lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

lilacs

Magnolia

Redbud

Winter comes






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