|yes _you_ could win this fabulous new birch tree. see below for details.|
I have this beautiful little birch tree in a 10 gallon pot sitting in my back yard. It's about 12 feet tall and maybe an inch and a half across at the base. I planted it three growing seasons ago, as a little 3-foot twig with some roots at the bottom. It has been the focal point of the western side of the rain garden for a few years now, just starting to get some white bark, turning from the coppery color that the new bark usually is, starting to get some character. Everything was going fine until...
We had a new allergy test done for my daughter. Anyone who is a parent knows that they will do anything for their child's happiness and well-being, and when the allergy test showed that she was off-the-charts allergic to birch pollen- well- my little birch had to find a new home.
We never had any indication of any sort of allergy to birches before- and our neighborhood isn't particularly full of birch trees. If you go a few dozen miles to the north of here, you start to see quite a few of them- but in the middle of the city- no. Who can say what caused it? Funny things happen.
This fine little specimen is a 'Whitespire' Birch. A hybrid of the lovely native paper birch of the northern forests and a Japanese birch. Unlike the paper birch, they are resistant to birch borers, and tolerate urban pollution and high temperatures (of the southern Minnesota variety) fairly well. Like paper birch, they mature to beautiful and very graceful tall trees, maxing out at about 40-50 feet tall. The bark is paper-white like the paper birch, and the leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. A great overall tree, and I was looking foward to seeing how it looked together with the spruce in the backyard as it grew older. Oh well. My loss is your gain.
It's not like I planned to have a contest. After I dug it up, it put it on craigslist, with encouragement from Gita. Were there any calls? No. This is a great time of year to plant a tree-- and you can trust me on that. I'm a landscape architect. And there are plenty of others who know that too, I'm sure. But they're not on craigslist looking for birch trees.
So here is the deal. Post a comment that makes me laugh. A personal story, funny picture of a kid, limerick, joke (but something you'd be willing to tell your grandma.- because someone's grandma will read this eventually).
|there's a tiny bit of damage from a rabbit or squirrel last winter.|
Unfortunately, if you live within a block of me, I'll disqualify you. I am trying to get the pollen away from my daughter after all. I live in the Snell-ham area of St. Paul, so if you don't, then you're probably fine.
You'll have to pick it up yourself. As I've mentioned earlier, my only vehicle is a Corolla sedan, and it's not the best vehicle for transporting live trees. If you are really truly a car-free person, relying on bike or public transit entirely, I will find a way to deliver it to you. Partly because I want to give this tree away, and partly because you are a fantastic human being for living healthy and not adding to the car clutter in this city.
Post as many times as you like. I will make a decision Tuesday the 25th.