Sunday, April 4, 2010
The Chestnut at the edge of the labyrinth started to unfurl its leaves this morning! It's a little taller than I am this year, so nearly 6 feet, and almost 10 years old. The nursemaid Oak behind it is about 200 years old. Chestnuts used to be one of the primary trees in this area, but the blight killed nearly all of them. Foresters tell us that the root webs are still living and every so often will send up a new tree to see if it's safe yet. This is one of those trees. It's an honor to watch it grow. If you visit my garden, be sure to find it.
You can find lots of information about the native Chestnuts at the American Chestnut Foundation, www.acf.org