Yesterday afternoon, Rick and I were sitting on the deck enjoying the yard and we started counting hummingbird moths on the phlox flowers ….. there were 5!!!
The first year we saw them there was one …. a couple years later we saw two, and now 5 …. our little family is growing.
And later, I went for a walk around the yard (probably my fourth of the day), just looking, and I discovered two more English Chestnut tree babies. That’s a total of 5 (hmm .. 5 moths and 5 trees).
The first tree I found, I planted near my only open space of grass. That gives it lots of room to branch out—however, I realized yesterday that this isn’t a good spot at all. The open space is intended for children’s play and chestnut husks are spiny balls that hurt if you touch them, just barely touch them! Nasty little gaffers they are.
Rick says to leave it as the kids will be old by the time there are any nuts falling from that tree. Maybe. I might leave it—and make him pick up all the nuts that fall. haha.
But that still leaves four more trees. According to the information on this site (LINK), chestnut trees like the sun and shaded branches won’t produce nuts. Hmmm… well, my tree is pretty shaded. Yes, the top of the tree is usually covered with nuts, but so is the rest of the tree.
With the two trees producing nuts, I would have TONS for eating so maybe the other 4 trees could be more pretty than practical. I do love how the branches spread out, making the most wonderful canopy.
And then I read on the above site: ”When comparing the life expectancy of a chestnut tree to other trees, you will find the European chestnut trees out living oak trees (oak 400 – 600 years compared to chestnut 1000 years plus). A chestnut tree planted today in the right soil conditions will out live all dictators in the world, most nations, almost any drought, and all wars. If you want to leave a legacy then plant chestnut trees.”
I think I need to choose the locations wisely!!
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)