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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WHITE CEDAR

WHITE CEDAR TREES ARE DECKED WITH...
GOLDEN CONES

A POT OF ASTERS ON THE PORCH SAYS, " FALL"
Wednesday, 8:00 AM.  67 degrees F at the ferry dock, 64 on the back porch.  Wind variable and mostly calm, with occasional light gusts.  The sky is overcast, the humidity still 93% and the barometer is falling precipitously. predicting a thunderstorm tonight, then clearing.
   The cones of white cedar,  AKA arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis, usually are not prominent enough to draw much attention, but this lush growing year they are numerous, obvious, and golden yellow.  
   White cedar trees are attractive, fast growing, and very adaptable in the northern landscape, but eventually grow huge unless routinely trimmed.  The wood is extremely rot resistant and is used in the construction of piers and docks.  The needles are very aromatic, and are used in Native American blessing ceremonies, the needles burned and objects to be blessed smudged with the pungent smoke.

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