This tree is a pioneer invader, which means that it is one of the first trees to repopulate cleared, eroded, or otherwise damaged land. It is unusually long lived among pioneer species, with the potential to live over 850 years.–Wikipedia
leaving, one limb at a time. Route 20 north between Charlottesville and Orange. Same tree in 2006
At this time we conclude that slight browning of newly-sprouted radicles should be ignored for planting acorns. Intentionally trimming the radicles may alter root morphology, while severe trimming will lead to sure failure of emergence.–University of California
This juvenile from an acorn found beneath the oak at 574 Locust Avenue. Germinated in December of 2010. The leaf looks like a white oak to me. The growth pattern looks anything but a white oak.
The people visited Monticello this weekend for the 6th annual Heritage Harvest Festival.
Historians, and locals, spend considerable energy asking WWJD what would Jefferson do? And Jefferson aids that pursuit by his writings in which he meticulously cataloged.
Jefferson had an avid interest in gardening and the variety of flora in the world.
Jefferson has been called the epicurean president, the first foodie. Peter Hatch has a good article here regarding Jefferson’s table.
So, this is Monticello, as classroom. But hey, the people are hungry.
The Monticello food court!
My unscientific Count crowned Carpe Donut king of the mountain. The line to Matt Rohdie’s trailer was 20 people deep. When was the doughnut invented? When did the doughnut also become the donut? Wikipedia can answer that..
What did Jefferson’s enslaved people eat? “Each week one slave might be given a peck of cornmeal, a half-pound of pork, and four salted fish.” The Monticello classroom has answers.
The Mar’s chocolate stand was very popular. Providing deep history on Theobroma cacao, the chocolate tree.
Their audience was the size of Carpe Donut’s, but rooted in place by free samples of Cocoa liquor, pure liquid chocolate extracted from the cocoa bean, including both cocoa butter and cocoa solids mixed with hot water. 18th and 19th C liquid crack…
Trees flourish in the soils and climate of our area.
Willow Oak, Westminster-Canterbury, Richmond, Virginia
I thought acers were bullet proof, but I’ve seen a number of them around town with dead wood in their crowns, not thriving.