I planted this tree in my grandma and grandpa’s yard in Garden City, MO from an apple I was eating that day. It’s about eighteen years old in this picture, which is very old for a tree this small. It has been ran over several times I think. It must have a large root system though for being so old. I’m not sure. You may or may not be able to see the pond in the background just beyond the fence. Behind the photographer is a barn they called Erich’s barn because it was the middle-sized barn and I am the middle child of the three boys.
Hard maples are common in this area and grow very easily. I have transplanted several starts into pots to let them grow there before transplanting into the ground, but with limited success. Elm, walnuts, mulberries, and sumac also grow wild, but I tend to weed them out. Sumac have a very distinct smell when you pull them apart or up out the ground. This makes me dislike them even more. Sumacs are the opposite of hard maples for me.
I have started a new collection of shrubs, bushes, and ground cover called the Tipton Collection. I will post pictures later. I have been doing woodwork for the last two weeks making a tv stand for my little brother and a bookshelf for a co-worker. I delivered both this week so now I have moved on to scrap metal. There is a Goodyear building in town that has replaced it’s radiator heating system with a more up-to-date furnance so I am gutting the pipe for capital. Having the right tools makes all the difference so I took advangtage of Lowe’s 20% off deal this week and bought a cordless combo set. I hope to pay for the tools with the money from scrap steel. The current price is $70 per ton. I’ve got to sell four tons to break even.
Here is the Mugo Pine, Serbian Spruce, Mum, and more from the Franklin Collection.
Here you see the Buddleia and others from the Franklin Collection.
[Update 1/7/2012: This is my first blog post ever. It was originally posted on Blogger. I was inspired to start blogging by my wife, who had been blogging for a couple years prior to this. This post was originally posted on December 19, 2004. I called it The Franklin Collection because I was going to start a nursery and I was blogging about my progress.]