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Hi, I'm Rick also known as Mr. C. I used to shoot with a Canon SLR, but that was a long while back. I got a new camera, an Olympus SP-510UZ on 11/06/06. I've added a Nikon D90 with a 55-200 lens to my camera bag in 2010. I'll get a camphone if Almont ever enters the 21st century.

I'm now shooting with a brand new Nikon D90 with a 55-200mm VR lens.

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Winter Insulation

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*sigh* It's that time of year.

silar31 says:

As soon as I saw the thumbnail I thought "Must be Sullivan's tree" :-). Do you have to wrap it in black garden paper for the winter too? I've seen that done hereabouts to young trees and shrubs.

4th Oct 2006, 03:43

Rick says:

S_31 Yeah, that's Sullivans' tree. I just fresh mulched it with loose native grass straw and horse manure from my friend Scotts' place. I will wrap it and the apple tree with an insulating blanket of something. Just not quite sure what yet.

4th Oct 2006, 04:04

Gael says:

Good to see the tree thriving, hope it gets safely through the winter

4th Oct 2006, 07:59

Rick says:

G, Thanks. We're doing whatever we can to see it make it. Got it quite late in the year, and an orphan tree at that.... Still have to do the wrap on it when it gets a little colder. Still too early for the winter wrap yet.

Edited: Thanks for being there for C. while I was in Chicago. Means a lot to me.

4th Oct 2006, 08:13

paintist says:

love the top shot, a cosy nest for the beloved tree :-)

4th Oct 2006, 09:09

Rick says:

Tthanks, P. As cozy as I can make it. :)

4th Oct 2006, 09:45

hildegard says:

Since it's still only a wee tree can I make a small case for horticultural fleece? Traditional methods like wrapping the tree with straw or blankets can lead to quite heavy infestations of bugs & grubs, few of which you want overwintering on your baby tree. I'm told it can also encourage disease because of poor air circulation.
Fleece is brilliant stuff - seen veg gardens in winter where the earth is frozen & everything's black except the rows of cosy greens... :)

4th Oct 2006, 12:22

mmm, treefleece.

i like the idea of the tree wearing a nice pastel number from gap...

4th Oct 2006, 12:24

Dhamaka says:


I must get protection for my rooftop plants. Next week..

4th Oct 2006, 13:14

Rick says:

Thanks, Hildegard. Most insects can't handle winter in ND, and insect invasion from straw is pretty much nonexistent. Winters here we get at least 15 days of below zero as the high temp, with months of temps in the minus zero or barely above by possibly 10 or 20 degrees. Thanks, though - we'll look into fleece, but it would rot here, quickly.

4th Oct 2006, 13:38

hildegard says:

Yeah, -15 is indeed what our own dear BBC Radio 4's 'Gardener's Question Time' would call "a good hard frost". Little worry about codling moth & suchlike in those temps. :)

4th Oct 2006, 13:44

Rick says:

I doubt your plants will have the same temp extremes we go through, but protection is always a good idea! :D

M_F, not in pastels, though. ;)

4th Oct 2006, 13:59

Viv says:

and why not? :D

16th Oct 2006, 02:32

Rick says:

:D I prefer obnoxious colours...

16th Oct 2006, 03:23