Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Adirondack Garden: River Birches

Among the many challenges of creating your own Adirondack sanctuary is landscaping and gardening in a very short season in less-than-hospitable Zone 3.  On the one hand, it seems superfluous to be adding to an already awesome natural landscape, and we tried to keep as many trees as possible in building our house. But there is also a desire to add to what we have, to build a living legacy that can grow and develop over decades and beyond.  This is the first in a series of posts I will do documenting our fledgling Adirondack garden. This is a river birch planted in a wet area near one of our two bays.  It has done remarkably well.  Here it was just planted and is probably a few years old.  It is now four years later and the tree has flourished.  These trees seem to need lots of water, lots of sun and space to spread out.

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