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My giant Ash Tree

My giant Ash Tree (Fraxinus exceelsior)

My interest in the story of the Ash Tree has allowed me to grow this giant who is overpowering the Greenhouse and much else

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You seem to have loads of greenhouses. If that's right I am jealous.

12 Oct, 2008


Hi Sarra Yes there are several greenhouses or tunnels . I still look after the old Nursery, since reaching retirement age 19 years ago. I cant ignore ir because its my home and all those trees were raised by me from seed or cuttings in the long ago.

13 Oct, 2008


Hi, your soil and conditions must be similar to ours, as we are surrounded by ash. Quite sad but we had one felled last year as it sat on the edge our brook and was beginning to lean. Im in my 40's now and I remember it was a large tree when I was little. When it was down the rings showed it was about 140 years old.

15 Oct, 2008


The Garden as I wish I could stay with my garden for that long.
It must give a great sense of satisfaction, Poaannua. We have had a scare recently with the emergence of the emerald ash borer imported by accident from the far east. Hope it is just a "scare" and not a plague like the Elm disease borer which came from the same part of the world.

21 Oct, 2008


Thank you all for comments. Lori. I read your propfile and note you like Clover better than grass. I too ,though I have a lawn it is allowed to carrfy several 'weeds' and some addditional carpeters like the little blue Veronica filiformis and the Hawkweed Pilosella.. Daisies, Yarrow and huge quantities of lovely golden Moss.. We have had another 'nasty' which is attacking our Horse |Chestnuts. I hope it doesn't conquer the Conkers.

21 Oct, 2008


great pun there ... We lost a lot of elms and they are only now starting to regrow...almost 50 yrs. later...some nay-sayers are telling us that this new generation will also be victim to another wave of infection and's a symbiotic thing going on between an insect and a fungus. Had some hope that our cold climate would halt it's progress in the northern ranges of the tree's habitat but the jury is still out on that one!
It would be a disaster to lose the Chestnuts.
On a short pathway with stepping stones in a shady spot, been trying to foster mosses..I love a mossy carpet, and although I don't know the name of it...I've tried to get it to survive on my less than acid's not very demanding so one day I may have a mat of it under my Serbian Spruce. Love a meadow too...and have daisies and yarrow...not familiar with the hawkweed...and the Veronica that I've grown is a tall specie. Sounds like you have a wonderful garden.

22 Oct, 2008

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