Trees

We lost most of our ash tree in the recent storm.  Karl has been taking care of the wood.  We’ll leave part of the tree stump and see what happens.  Hosta surround the stump, which may become a place for a large planter.  We have also seen new growth from fallen trees, over time.  I will watch and learn more.

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Hosta leaf and ash tree
Garden Journal
October 2016

after the storm
bird on a branch
of the broken tree

August 2018
Ellen Grace Olinger

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Parnell Tower Trail Park
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit
August 2018

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Friends Fishing Pond
Part of Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
August 2018

The previous two photos are by Karl.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a page for Forest Health.

robins

These are two of my first haiku, published in PEGASUS in 1994.

A few petunias
snapdragons, gold and white mums
the robins are gone.

Holding in my heart
as days become cold and dark
robins will return.

Ellen Grace Olinger