I decided that this was the day for me to go out to my local Agway and pick up some Tent Caterpillar killer.
On the way, I thought it might be a good idea for me to swing by the local nursery to see if they have any decent trees. I am still looking for two to plant as shade in front of the house. I got to the nursery and took a look around. They had some good trees (not many), but were about 400% too much, compared to what I have been seeing around. No wonder no one ever goes to this place.
I drove back towards Agway. When I pulled in the parking lot, I noticed these fantastic looking Plum Trees. I couldn’t believe their fullness and great color. I said to myself, “I must aquire such beautiful trees.” That was a little joke, I didn’t really say anything beyond something about them looking good.
I walked in towards the entrance and struck up a conversation with a nice couple who were purchasing two of the same type of tree. They were all excited about how lucky there were to find these for only $20. Well, there was one left and I didn’t need much selling at that point to know that I wanted it.
Well, here she is…a Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera). Ain’t she pretty? As I was looking around, I noticed a few Maples hanging out in the corner. They were around $28, so I figured that I could grab the two of them and my tree shopping would be done for the year (yeah right). By the way, here is a good journal about a Thundercloud Purple Leaf Plum.
The above picture is a Red Maple – October Glory (Acer rubrum). Now don’t get all nervous and try to offer me your opinion of the tree being planted too close to the house. It is meant to be. I am looking for shade, remember? As it grows, I will trim it. If it gets too large, I will take it down and replant another one.
Oh, by the way, Agway didn’t have what I was looking for as far as Tent Caterpillar control.