I've been so busy that I almost forgot about you...
Busy you say?
What on earth could I have been doing?
Why picking up Elm seeds. That's what.
They are wonderful shade trees. The streets of my neighborhood used to be lined with them, one after another.
But several years ago Dutch Elm disease hit the streets and at least half of the trees had to be removed. My block of 18 houses has maybe 8 remaining Elm trees. They are very old.
Do you happen to know what happens to old trees and their seeds?
They get desperate.
Desperate to reproduce.
So the older the tree, the more seeds they make.
These Elm trees were planted in like 1940.
That's some old!
And a lot of desperate seeds flying around over Memorial Day.
They fill the gutters. They fill your lawn. They fill your gardens. They fill the cracks in your driveway.
They get in all your potted plants. They cover your porches.
They track inside the house.
And I have to wait.
Wait to put out the outdoor rugs.
Wait to put out the mulch.
I mean, who wants to spend a fortune on mulch and then have it all covered in inches of elm seeds.
Because after they fall, they have to be removed. Raked. Or swept.
Thus, The Great American Elm Seed Pick-up.
Even cleaning up as much as I can . . .
This happens. This is a thin patch. The spots where they pile create clusters of hundreds of trees. All this adds up to no less than 1 million trees in my garden and yard.
I typically collect 4 large paper mulch bags of elm seeds .
|these are mulch bags - in case you don't use them in your area|
And there are thousands left in the garden, making trees.
Do you think I'm being anal?
I say all this because I want to show you some pictures from my garden.
And I can't bear the thought of showing pictures of the plants that are filled with Elm seed discs. And there is no mulch. There are even some weeds in the pictures.
Since this post already has so many words I'm only showing one picture today.
Then tomorrow I promise no more whining.
And can I ask you a personal question?
What do you do with your Elm seeds?