Usnea Lichen Growing on Trees

Usnea Licken on Plum Trees

There has been a problem with the trees in the garden for some time now.

So I decided to do some study about this lichen, which I did not know the name of when I started researching.

Having researched this subject thoroughly, I still believe it does kill trees that it host on, as I have the proof of dying trees for the last ten or more years.

Of all the sites I have visited they all say that lichen should be viewed positively, their presence tells us that we live in a healthy environment and they give any garden an established look.

It is said that “lichens prefer areas with clean air, so are more common in rural districts” that may be true as we live in the high country with bush growing all around us and very little traffic, so if Usnea is very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide, the air is clear of that.

There is a lot of lichen growing in the bush reserve which surrounds our farm, also which I consider isn’t good, the possums are coming from the bush into the garden, if it is spread by spores they will be carrying it on their feet, therefore, that will be settling the spores on the trees.

If not then how does it start growing?

It is said that its spread by the wind.

I have found out that this gray-green fuzzy stuff covering many of my trees is one of the gentlest yet strongest immune tonics in the herb world.

But that does not make me feel happy about this lichen as it is unsightly in the garden.

The growth of algae, lichens, and moss may be more common on plants lacking vigor, so their presence could indicate that attention is needed, particularly on old fruit trees, in saying that this, the photo below was a very health plum tree until the lichen start taking over and it died.

Dead Plum Tree

Dead Plum Tree

Three Questions I have researched about Old Mans Beard – Usnea

  • What is Usnea?

Usnea is a lichen which is an organism that has characteristics of a Fungus and Algae.

  • How to tell if it is Usnea Lichen?

Elastic Thread in Usnea Lichen

Break the stalk of Usnea (thallus). If there is an elastic, white cord running down the center, then it is Usnea.

  • Does Usnea grow from spores?

By searching this question I have made the conclusion that it must be spores that nest onto the bark and germinate to start the beginning of the Usnea growth.

Lichen on Maple Tree

Lichen on  Maple Tree

By my study, everything is pointing against Usnea killing trees.

I do not agree.

My guess is lichen growing on trees is harmful to the trees, even though they are saying that the lichen does not extract nourishment from the trees when entering the inner bark and clinging to the tree branches where food is available from the tree.

My garden looks unsightly and I’m slowly removing the trees, but more seem to have lichen growing on them every month, I have tried pulling it off of them on the young trees but it continues on growing.

You can see by the photo below that Usnea does not need trees as a host as it is growing from an old basketball ring and surviving very well, it has the sun on it all day when the sun shines.

Lichen growing on Metal

Lichen growing on Metal.

The Cherry tree below is only about five years old and the lichen has already started growing on the trunk.

Cherry Tree

What are your thought’s about Usnea Lichen?

Have you seen it before, or do you have it growing where you live?

It hard to believe that it grows on sick or dying trees due to the pre-existing loss of canopy leaves.

If that is true it won’t be long before I have no trees.

Appreciate any comments.

One Word Meme


One Word Memeone word (which is ironically two)

Started at Lori’s blog (As the Fates Would Have It) to play with! It’s called One Word Meme and is originally from shelter life photography.

You can use only ONE WORD to answer each phrase. Let’s play!

1. Where is your cell phone? desk
2. Your hair? grey
3. Your dad? heaven
4. Your other half? reading
5. Your favorite food? ice-cream
6. Your dream last night? complicated
7. Your favorite drink? coffee
8. Your dream/goal? animals
9. What room you are in? lounge
10. Your hobby? Crocheting
11. Your fear? rain
12. Your home away from home? farm
13. Where were you last night? bed
14. Something that you aren’t? hairdresser
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. Wish list item? happiness
17. Where did you grow up? Taranaki
18. Last thing you did? breakfast
19. What are you wearing now? clothes
20. Your TV? hate
21. Your pets? animals
22. Friends? rare
23. Your life? focused
25. Missing someone? grandchild
26. Favorite breakfast food? toast
27. Something you’re not wearing? hat
28. Your favorite movie w/one-word title? Jaws
29. Your favorite color? mauve
30. When is the last time you laughed? today
31. Cried lately? no
32. Who will repost this? everyone
33. One place that you go to over and over? supermarket
34. One person, who messages me regularly? daughter
35. My favorite place to eat? home

That was a fun! If you’d like to join in, snatch the questions and link back to me AND

Please share and go go go!


The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 6/01/2016

Trees Hagley Farm

The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 6/01/2016 

#WeeklyWednesdayPrompts  Here are the prompts:

  1. Dream – Write something inspired by a recent dream you had… good, funny or a scary dream… just write.
  2. Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age?
  3. Legacy – What do you want to leave behind when you’re no more?

I’m a little late writing, I have picked this one.

Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age?

In New Zealand in the last couple of weeks, we have had very wet stormy weather.

The result is that two large Blackwood trees fell across the fences.

The weather cleared this week so from Wednesday to Friday my husband and I have spent three days chainsawing and burning all the rubbish from the trees, there were seven large loads of firewood taken back to the shed to dry out for future fires (at the moment they are too green to burn.

Now that’s where the above title comes in, ” Age – What is the most difficult thing about being your age”?

My husband is nearly eighty I’m seventy-six in September to us there is no limit to what we can do, only got a little slower, age has nothing to do with not being able to do whatever is needed to do in life, to us, it’s all about mind over matter and attitude to life, you are never too old as long as you have lived a healthy life and are in good health, last May I had ACC Cancer I’m still under a specialist, but I won’t let that stop me from living and doing what is needed to live our life.

Yes, today we are both rather tired but it’s Queen’s Birthday weekend in New Zealand, Monday a holiday, so that’s what we will do relax in our home in town.

Baling Hayledge

Sunday we will go back to the farm and move stock into a new paddock for feed, very soon we will be feeding them hay ledge which involves a Quad and trailer which we open the late bales of hay ledge and peel off the feed from the large bales, put it on the trailer and feed it to the cows, admittedly we only have 65 animals to feed as we sold stock in the autumn, we had 150 animals during the summer.

There are no limits to us in old age, we have a farm and animals to look after when we can no longer work we will sell the farm.

Happy Days Living.

The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 5/25/2016


The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 5/25/2016

Imagine you were someones shadow for a day, what would you see?

This post is a little different to the prompt  question, for The Blogging Meetup Weekly Prompt.

I have gone back sixty-five years of my life and I’m living in the shadows of my life as a child.

Those were the days when I was happy, not a care in the world, living as an innocent child, playing amongst the trees, climbing up the branches, sitting in the grass making daisy chains with my sisters, (I had three), to see who could make the longest chain.

Catching grubs that were down holes in the soil with a piece of grass stuck down their hole, the grub would start eating the stalk on the grass, and we would pull out the grub, my sisters and I would see who could pull out the most grubs.

We never had toys like the children of today we made our own games, the days would go by quickly running around the farm, watching rabbits go into their burrows as we came across them in the long grass.

You could most likely say that we were poor, but my parents in those early years usually gave us something nice to eat for a special occasion, like birthdays and Christmas we would have home-made ice-cream, but no toys we got clothes like a new dress or shoes something that was essential to our everyday needs.

The picture above caught my eye when looking for a photo, I would have loved a pretty dress like that, but I never got one like that, I was thankful for any dress which my mother made, she would sit down with her treadle singer machine and make our dresses, she was always making aprons which we would wear over our dresses to keep them clean.

It wasn’t until I was eleven years old that my life went in a new direction and my childhood changed, I had to grow up and almost become an adult overnight.

I will continue writing more in another post, I’m feeling a little tired this morning, didn’t have a very good night’s sleep.

Blessings to all my readers.


Facial Expressions of a Human


Happy Girl  – Love the expression on her face, doesn’t it make you smile?

What makes a baby smile?

When they are born they don’t know how to smile, there first smile is a few weeks after birth?

Is it an expression they see on our face that teaches them to smile?

While searching for the answers to the above questions, I haven’t discovered whether expressions are learned or innate, but it does seem that all humans use the same expressions to communicate basic emotions.

Emotions are complex. According to some theories, they are a state of feeling that results in physical and psychological changes that influence our behavior.

Face perceptions are very complex as the recognition of facial expressions involves extensive and diverse areas in the brain.

I’m sure while watching this video I saw him smile, he seems to recognize his mother although he can not hear or see.Nicholas Coke was born with a rare condition called anencephaly that caused him to never grow a brain, only a brain stem.


Image courtesy of photostock at

Now, what does the above face say to you? My choice is shyness.

How about the one below mine is concentration what’s yours?


Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Here’s some interesting reading – Scientists discover that humans have 21 different facial expressions

This facial expression what would you thnk if you seen someone looking at you like that?


You most likely are wondering why I have blogged about this subject but have you ever stopped and thought about how we learn to use all these expressions as a baby.

Looking forward to your comments.

Food for Thought



Quote:  I’m married to the Marketing Pilgrim.

We have fascinating conversations about blogging over dinner and wine.

Is it healthy for our marriage, for me to have blog envy over my husband’s blog?

End of Quote!

Here’s my thoughts

If you are the only member in your household that is interested in the internet and spend all day and half the night sitting at your computer.

Do you think your wife, husband partner or whatever.

Is happy with their life living with a mate that is always on the internet?

It is true that all we can talk about is what we have done on the internet or with our blog and there’s not really any other topic of conversation for us to talk about, other than listening what our partner has done, and let’s admit it half the time we are not really listening.

Do you think that is a good recipe for a lasting partnership?

How do you overcome this?

Love you to comment.

Feel like a bit of Maths?


This is an unbelievable maths formula you will smile when you see the answer.

1.   Grab a calculator

2.   Key in the first three digits of your phone number (not the area code)

3.   Multiply by 80, press enter

4.   Add 1, press enter

5.   Multiply by 250, press enter

6.   Add the last 4 digits of your phone number, press enter

7.   Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again, press enter

8.   Subtract 250, press enter

9.   Divide the number by 2, press enter.

Do you recognize the answer?

This works in New Zealand, I would be interested to see it it does in other countries around the world.

Do you know another maths puzzle, that you can share with us, if so, please leave it in the comments.