From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Trees Await Their Leaves

Drought still taking a toll



Trees at sunset

I hope all these trees will be getting their leaves soon. When it was terribly dry last summer, many trees lost their leaves and looked dead -- not just in this grove, but across Christian County and even in town. It was impossible to guess if they had been forced into a desperate form of dormancy or if they were dead. We'll find out this spring which ones survived and which ones didn't.

In my yard, I am wondering how many shrubs were mortally wounded. One of the forsythia bushes by the road has been blooming beautifully. Another forsythia nearby appears to be partly dead. It's only blooming on the lower third of its branches. I'm waiting to see if it gets any leaves on the upper branches before doing any pruning.

The full effects of last year's drought are still being revealed. Meanwhile, we've been getting quite a bit of rain. I don't really enjoy the wet days and the mud, but I'm glad that the water table is being restored to a normal level.

4 comments:

ptg said...

The buds on the trees are getting fat here. Its almost time to till the garden, but it keeps raining.

Genevieve said...

Lawn mowing is becoming a matter of some urgency here. The wet weather has been a good excuse not to mow. Now the grass is getting so tall that we have to do something about it very soon.

Larry said...

A very nice sunset photo, Genevieve!

Genevieve said...

Thank you, Larry. This grove of trees is particularly photogenic at sunset. I've taken a lot of pictures of them at that time of day.

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