It only takes a few days away in a far off place, for the weather to keep moving forward, and for me to return to this scene.
During my visit to the UK I was lucky enough to be able to visit the garden at the centre of my being. As I passed through the garden quietly, absorbing the memory of such a visit, to bring back with me to Canada; the beauty was intact, but I fear there may be shortages of gardeners due to difficult economic times. However all was well.
The forgotten 'Fraximus' has been much talked about recently. In the 1990's the emerald ash borer (EAB) was introduced into the USA and Canada, devastating huge populations, both Native and Cultivated, of North American Ashes.
The introduction of a greater diversity of Chinese ashes into the USA began in 2008 in earnest.
It is said that 'Fraximus' is not a hugely desired group of plants and apparently there are no plant societies or plant collectors of such! Hmm!
That is something to think about!
The emerald ash borer most likely arrived in the USA on wood packing material from Asia.
The adult insects feed on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae though feed on the inner bark of ash trees, and this damage disrupts water and nutrient transport.
At the time, I just thought he was a nice colour!
Until next time...