Daily Archives: June 9, 2008

Orgy in the Front Yard

This Japanese maple seedling sprouted under its mother in our front yard.

Check out Olivia Judson’s entertaining book on reproduction at www.drtatiana.com/book.shtml  She also blogs on the New York Times site. You’ll never look at sex the same way again.

Two paper birches swamped our front yard with offspring this spring.  We were knee deep in birch babies.  Ok, I’m exaggerating.  But the seeds did fall in drifts like beige snow, sprouting into a carpet of tiny trees in every open space.  Last year, a late freeze nipped the flowers, so this year Mother Nature is in hyperdrive, making up for a lost year.

There isn’t room for any more trees, so I’m uprooting all of the youngsters with my hoe.  Mother Nature giveth, and her daughter taketh away.

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