Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; November 3, 2019

The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night,
Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation:
The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer,
I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.

~ Walt Whitman

Sunset over the purple martin houses at Oyster Bay Park

Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; October 27, 2019

Around and around the house the leaves fall thick—but never fast,
for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is sombre and slow.
Let the gardener sweep and sweep the turf as he will, and press the leaves into full barrows,
and wheel them off, still they lie ankle-deep.

~ Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Unsightly growths on maple leaves

by Leslie Cox; Saturday; October 26, 2019

I so love my large maple tree in the front garden…apart from the fact the original property owners planted the young tree too close to the power lines back in the mid-1960s.

Maples are truly a majestic tree and the silverleaf maple, Acer saccharinum, is no different. Unfortunately, with a height reaching 80 feet (24.5 m) and a spread of up to 70 feet (21.5 m), this tree can be a little out of place in a normal size lot. But since we inherited the tree when we bought the property, we have learned to live and let live. So far.

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