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Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 24 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 24
Gravetye , Sussex day of my life!" While he often has guests, still life in the great country manor house must be passing lonely in spite of all that wealth may afford in the way of material comforts. He has the book collector's passion very strongly: he paid _3500.00 for a small batch of Washington's letters - and contrived to misplace them! or he suspects they may have been stolen; other old rarities he showed me for which he had paid !150 to _500.  He traveled in California 30 years ago, met Kellogg, Bolander, saw the Sierras along the "Central Pacific".  Commented frequently on the beauty of the forest trees and the habit of the Yellow Pine coming up in the hydraulic mining scars, as well as in the crevices of rocks on granite cliffs. :::::::::  Oct. 29, 1905. This latter observation gave him an idea and he planted Norway Pine without care in the old iron quaries! and it did splendidly.  He cuts off the lower limbs in his blocks of Norway and Corsican Pine and leaves it as debris in the floor of the young plantation to decay and multch the soil.  He has Picea Sitchensis, Abies grandis (very green), Abies concolor (very pallid), Tsuga heterophylla, Sequoia sempervirens, Thuja gigantea, Cupressus nootkensis.  He does not like anything but original wild species, the numerous coniferous varities being merely diseased forms in many cases, esp. the etiolated ones.  None are as good as the "mother".  He has successfully moved large oak trees in midsummer by stripping competely their leaves.  He does not put in rich soil to give the trees a start for when through this they are unduly checked on reaching the clay.  Plants the tiniest seeling pines; they are some time in getting their heads above the grass!
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