Christmas 2012

From Burt Wolf Christmas Traditions

"... red and green are always the colors of  Christmas and Christmas foods. Red is for warmth and
brightness; green is the promise that the leaves of the trees will return in the spring."
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Resources for finding a new tree

We're on the hunt for a new front yard tree.   Got any recommendations?
Here's some terrific online resources found so far to help in our due diligence ...


Back to Longwood Gardens again

We went back to Longwood Gardens again to show a friend...

On the way stopped by two of our favorite antique / vintage shops - La Maison

and Springhouse Antiques - which was unfortunately closed early.
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Last of the Sandy Damage

Well, the last of the Hurricane Sandy Damage to our trees is finally cleaned up.  The township picked up the small piles at the beginning of the week and Rich Tree Service cut down and took the rest yesterday.  The stump will be ground after the soggy ground dries out.  The siding and roofing estimates continue... insurance is such a hassle.  So very thankful and glad this all it is; we cannot begin to empathize enough for others, my goodness.
There was some rot but decided to take down the whole ash to mitigate overall risk since the bark began to swell, leak, and the tree was listing to one side... towards the house!  We'll plant anew in the spring.

Does anyone have thoughts for a not-too-dense shade tree that is also not overly fruit or nut messy, can handle a western sun, but also not terribly exotic so it retains a woodland appearance and is also a road-salt friendly shade tree?  
Quite the list but maybe Santa or you have an idea on how to fill that list.  
Thanks in advance if you do! 

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So cute - Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!