What are our trees doing in winter?

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What are our trees doing in winter, what is happening around them and what does Seed It Forward do then. Observations from Bubuieci, December 2016 – January 2017.

Beginning of December – early, but amazing sunsets, time after time.
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Burning sunset and the stubborn red oak (Quércus rúbra) – still with leaves on.
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The horizon.
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December 21st – celebrating winter solstice and bringing some more food for the trees. For quite some time now, we bring our organic rests here, to avoid sending them to the landfill… well, to the regular one. Here, on our own landfill, we leave them in the places with the poorest soil, in order to enrich it.
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Some new colors.
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Privet (Ligústrum) also hasn’t shed its leaves yet.
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Elm (Úlmus) – no leaves. Still, even in winter you can see if the tree is alive – the branches and the buds look brightly.
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A well-mulched hazel (Córylus avellána).
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A live hazel’s bud.
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Walnut (Juglans regia) – also alive, even with a heart.
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Don’t remember exactly who, but also alive.
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A dead robinia pseudoacacia (Robínia pseudoacácia)…
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…and a live one. See how the color of the bark, the form and the places from where the leaves should sprout differ?
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Apricot (Prúnus armeniáca) – dead branches are dull, live ones are red and strong.
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Dead linden tree (Tília) – dry branches and buds…
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…and a live one.
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The wild almond (Prunus dulcis) – still green!
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But some buds are already in preparation for the next year.
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Red oak (Quércus rúbra) again – finally shed his leaves.
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A piece of the open tree nursery and the row of pines.
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Pines (Pinus) that were planted a year ago: see “Winter in Bubuieci”.
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Maples (Ácer).
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Looks like some creature (probably pheasant) really appreciated our mulch.
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Some of the tiny (or maybe not that tiny now) oaks (other representatives from the Quércus genus).
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One of the highest specimens.
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And launch of the direct seeding process – more about that here: “Direct Seeding”.
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December 22nd – the story continues…
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December 25th – planting some fruit trees for our friend’s mother’s birthday. When the temperature is positive, you can plant even in winter, why not?! If you can dig, of course.
Cornelian cherry dogwood (Cornus mas).
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Apple sapling.
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The dogwood – as if it has always lived here.
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Yet another sunset.
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January 5th, 2017 – first visit in the new year. The trees have certainly grown since the last year, but still too small to be really decorated.
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Bringing two white sprucesPicea glauca “conica” – to visit. Some day, at least one of them will also grow here…
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And January 12th, 2017, after first real snowfall of the winter.
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Nobody’s been here but wild animals, it seems.
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Someone’s hole.
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Robinias.
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Apricots.
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The hazel.
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Walnuts.
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One of the oaks. Must be tall!
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Dogwood.
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The apple tree.
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The nursery.
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Er… where is our pine?!
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After some careful digging.
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Same here.
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Here you are.
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The nursery looks so presentable now.
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Wild apricot.
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The photoproof that pheasants do live here!
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The “weeds” serve as snow fences.
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Our first live hedge.
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Well, here it is. Robinias…
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…and maples, if you know where to look for them.
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The leaves’ treasury also kept safe by snow…
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The live hedge planted in November 2016 during the second Planting good deeds in Moldova action.
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Here all trees are with bows, so that they are more visible while young.
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The grove of one hundred maples…
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Back to the village and to Chisinau. Everyone is sleeping, everything is in order.
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