24 June 2007

Azariah Tree

You remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, right? From Nebuchadnezzar's Fiery Furnace? Abednego's Hebrew name was Azariah; I like the name. This tree deserves it.

This is a Florida Ash (Fraxinus pauciflora). It just sprouted a couple days ago from a seed I collected in Corkscrew Swamp, near Naples. Such seeds should be collected in autumn, kept cool until planting time, and set out in the spring.

This seed had a much more interesting life. It got to go in the washing machine! And then in the dryer! The fiery furnace, as it were. That's right, this tree sprouted from a seed I accidentally put through the laundry in the pocket of my shorts. I thought it deserved some publicity.

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