- May 25, 2011
- near Blacksburg, VA
Any idea on the fungi hanging out there?Relaxing Retirement
This morning, before my coffee, I went out to the shed, and stripped all the remaining tobacco: 3 large, overstuffed bags from the hanging stalks (Corojo 99), and 3 smaller bags of strung leaf. Whew!
We had a thunderstorm pass through late yesterday afternoon. While sitting out on my porch two hours later, I heard a loud crash. I walked around the front of the house, in the fading light of dusk, and saw that the huge maple branch scheduled to land on my bedroom had missed its mark, and, in fact, had missed everything. It just dropped a 25-foot long hunk onto the yard. It was too dark to go back out with the camera, so I waited until morning.
First thing this morning, I noticed that a 15-foot long branch (~4" thick at the base) had dropped during the night from a different maple tree in the back yard. [I suppose the conservative vs. liberal members of each maple tree had to bicker for hours after the storm had already passed, in order to decide whether or not it had been a severe enough storm to bring down branches.]
The back yard branch:
The front yard branch:
Kind of looks like a ganoderma species, but I thought they preferred hemlock. Looks like what we used to call “writing fungus” when I was a kid. We used to pick them and write on the soft side about our summer adventures. We had some going all they way back to the 70’s at our cabin.
That is certainly possible. Only genetic analysis might (only might) clarify that question. The Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch traders carried indiscriminate varieties of tobacco seed all over the world. I would assume that petiolate leaf attachment vs sessile leaf attachment can be determined by many different allele hiccups in Nicotiana tabacum's allo-polyploid mess of a genome.common ancestor
You're writing a new book? I really enjoyed your Grow Your Own Cigars book. I'm mainly a pipe guy, but plenty of information for that too. I honestly think it is one of the best DIY books I've come across. Very glad I bought it.I'm supposed to write a few more pages in the book
Yep. It's classified at the moment.You're writing a new book?