Interested in tree identification and looking for some help? Check out this free workshop at the Midland branch of Multnomah County Library 805 SE 122nd Avenue, tomorrow from 11:00 to 12:30. Portland Neighborhood Tree Stewards will provide instruction on how to use tree identification books and then put skills to work on a walk. Wish I could make it to this one. I hope they’ll offer it again.
Next, congratulations to Xera on the opening of their retail location on SE 11th and Clay. Grand opening tomorrow — lots of nice things to see and buy. As for trees, they have a great selection of crepe myrtles well suited to our climate. Also a current favorite of mine, Azara microphylla. Go check ’em out.
Nice to see this Ailanthus altissima doing something positive — providing shade for these lovely nursery plants. (Hopefully it’s not a female tree!)
Finally, today I’m celebrating my 5th grader on his last day of school followed by a graduation ceremony tonight, and big party to top it off. In the fall he’ll begin middle school. I didn’t care for his formal school portrait this year, so yesterday after school I decided to try for something that captures Ben’s spirit. I’m happy with this result.
Many thanks to teachers at Opal School for the years of nurturing a sense of wonder and love of inquiry in this tree-loving boy.