Sunday, November 1, 2015

A tree post



Trees! Trees! Trees!  After finding a spot to plant those potted fruit trees from inside the garden, I walked around looking up into the big Oak trees in the back yard. Still lots of leaves waiting to fall.

No doubt I will be raking leaves through next March. It's that way every year.


The wild Blueberry near the front yard, now covered in Willow Oak leaves.


and here too!


Love looking up into the trees! 

And look at these beauties...




Holly trees! Poppy and I decided to leave all the Holly trees and all the Cedar trees on the property when we cleared to build the cabin. These are so pretty in the winter, especially at Christmas time.


I don't remember there ever being so many berries. Looking like Christmas now! It won't be long however until these Holly trees will be filled with birds and we see more Robins eating the berries than any other bird.


The hardest part of moving those potted fruit trees from inside the teeny tiny garden was finding another place to plant them. We have way too many trees already.

So, right there around the little chicken pen down near the pond, where the sun shines brightly, are now three scrawny little fruit trees, a peach, an apple, and an apricot. Heaven only knows what will happen if these trees grow big and produce bunches of fruit. I suppose the tree tops will look like a giant fruit basket.

There were two really BIG potted trees inside the garden that their roots had grown through the pots and deep into the ground...the cherry tree and an Ash that I had rescued from the landfill a few years ago.  I simply could not budge these two trees.

So, Friday afternoon I said to Poppy, will you help me pry those two big potted trees loose from the ground...just enough to get a saw blade under the pot? Just need your strength to rock the tree back and forth a time or two.  "Now", he said! "Oh, not now", I said, "sometime".  

As I went out the door to work yesterday I remembered my daddy saying, "you can do anything you set your mind to do". I carried the hatchet, our strongest shovel, and a saw. It took  a while, but those trees are no longer inside the garden. 

Good grief! Surely I will have more sense than to sit potted trees inside the teeny tiny garden ever again.

Enough about trees...if you're still here. :) We are supposed to have rain for the next three days. That means no working outside. :( Probably a blessing as the craft sale is next Friday and Saturday and I need to sew. Hope to be back soon.

Love,
Henny




30 comments:

  1. Good for you for mustering your strength and will power and conquering this trees!
    We're having a very stormy weekend here in the Pacific Northwest, and soggy leaves are piling up everywhere. I hate to see all the color blowing off the trees. It will soon be colorless, and darker. Too bad we can't save more than an hour of daylight. I could use a day or two saved from last summer plunked down into November.

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    1. Wouldn't it be nice if we could save more than an hour!! Those wet soggy leaves! I've got them too. Thank you, Linda.

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  2. Your trees are beautiful. We always have more cardinals than any other bird eating berries, but one year I noticed a huge flock of birds in the back yard on bush honeysuckle eating the berries. I got my binoculars to take a closer look and saw that they were cedar waxwings. I think they're one of the prettiest birds we see here. They migrate through and we don't see them very long. My son cleared out most of the bush honeysuckle so we won't get as many berry eating birds this year. The emerald ash borer has reached our area and the news says that the ash trees are doomed. The Gateway Arch park grounds were full of 40 year old ash trees and the government cut them all down and is replacing them with a more disease resistant London plane tree. I've never heard of those before. They're making mulch out of the ash trees to use on the new trees - over 4000 of them. I've never heard of the willow oak so I looked it up. The leaf shape is interesting. If I'd see one without acorns I'd never guess it was an oak. They're not native to our area so I doubt I'll ever see one. With all those leaves, you need a backpack leaf blower! My husband found one in a pawn shop and says it's worth its weight in gold.

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    1. Hey Peg! I've seen cedar waxwings in bird books and think they are beautiful. I would love to see one in person! I like the willow oak trees. Their long slender leaves fall early and are so pretty floating through the air. The acorns are tiny little things too. Best of all the willow oak leaves are easy to rake up. There are three in our front yard. We have a big older model leaf blower that Poppy used...back when he helped me with the leaves. Since I retired before him, seems like everything became my job.

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  3. We live in Minnesota and I had never seen a holly tree. What a lovely sight and so reminiscent of Christmas. Wonderful source of food for the birds.

    Shirley H.

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    1. Hey Shirley! I do love the holly trees. I'll have to take some pictures of the holly trees this winter if we are lucky enough to get any snow.

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  4. What lovely trees you have! I had never seen a holly tree either. We have a small holly bush in our garden that I love.
    Take care.

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    1. Thank you. It's funny, I thought holly trees grew everywhere!

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  5. Hi Henny! Oh, I hope you have fun sewing and get a lot done for the craft fair.
    You are a super star, removing the roots and trees from the little garden! Good girl!
    As I mentioned before I do not like shovels. Lol!
    My favorite garden tool is the hand digger thing that looks like a shovel but doesn't demand all the strength a shovel does when working with our clay/rocky soil. That's funny that Poppy asked, "Now?" I ask the same thing when my husband asks me to help him.

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    1. Hey Pom Pom! I need to look for the hand digger thing you mentioned! Oh, Poppy says that a lot...Now? :)

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  6. I love the photos looking up into your big trees. So pretty! Between the bitter hickory nuts, sweet gum balls, and little acorns, our yard and deck are a skating rink right now!

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. The sweetgum balls drive me crazy. We should have cut every sweetgum tree on the property. Those trees are good for nothing...although I love all trees! :)

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  7. You have a lovely place. And if you are blessed with too much fruit, there is always gifting and farmers markets.:)
    Good luck with your next sale!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Oh, I doubt very seriously that we will ever have the problem of too much fruit. I'm not much on growing fruit trees and could probably hold in my two hands, all the fruit ever harvested here. :)

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  8. What a nice thought - a giant fruit basket. : )

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  9. My goodness prying those tree roots out of the ground with the tree still on top must have been a mighty job. Hope they do well in their new home. Have you ever replanted the little dogwood that you talked about this summer (or was it spring?) that had rooted through the bottom of the pot and that you wanted to move?

    The holly trees are just beautiful and the berries do make it look Christmasy. I have numerous holly tree seedlings out by the potting shed that migrated over from our neighbors giant tree. Mine don't do much berry making since they are shaded by a nearby white pine. A few of the "girls" do manage to produce a few sprays but not enough for much decorating.

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    1. Hey Vic! I have not yet touched the little dogwood tree. It is so perfectly shaped and doing good in the pot, I'm afraid of killing it. I really might try moving it, but will wait until all the leaves are off. My mother-in-law used to say "you need to move trees when the sap is up". ?? I figured that must mean in the winter. I rarely decorate with the holly. I go out to gather some and then don't have the heart to break the limbs. :)

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  10. LOL how many times have I asked for help and followed it by not now and then went on to do it all myself ROFL ROFL... I think we maybe kin to each other rofl...

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    1. Hey Texan! You know, I've wondered about that too...that we might be kin. :) My problem is, when I want something done, I want it done right then!

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  11. Great bunch of photos to show off your fall colors. I always ask, "Why do people overplant things?"

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    1. Hey Red! I'm bad about overplanting! I need to be out there digging up and giving away, or potting it. Actually, I've done that too. : Thank you.

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  12. Isn't there a saying where there is a will there is a way! We use to have a lovely big oak tree in our yard when we lived in Michigan. Now the trees in our little yard here are young trees and not real big yet. Nancy

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    1. Yes, Nancy. I love that saying. Lots of times it is going through my mind while I'm out trying to do some back-breaking job. :) Little trees grow fast. It's funny how one day you will look out and think, when did these trees grow so big? Thank you!

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  13. The nice thing about Holly and Cedar ( besides the fact that they look lovely all year round) is that they never drop leaves! The neighbour across the street had a huge old Holly that had lots of berries every year but he cut it down. I almost cried. Hope you get lots of sewing done during the rainy days. We are supposed to have a wet week too.

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  14. Hey Granny Marigold! One thing we love about the holly and cedar trees is they stay pretty and green all winter when everything else brown and dead.I bet you did feel like crying when he cut the holly tree.

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  15. Hey Granny Marigold! One thing we love about the holly and cedar trees is they stay pretty and green all winter when everything else brown and dead.I bet you did feel like crying when he cut the holly tree.

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  16. On the edges of the fields and forests we have the holly bushes . Our crab apple tree has berries that the birds just love . I like trees to . Lovely photos . We are to get warm here for the next few days with sun shine . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  17. The stuff and predicaments we get ourselves into, rite? Time flys by so quickly, you probably didn't even realize the trees wanted to make their home rite there in your garden! Lol! I bet the chickens would have loved the trees. All of the good fruit to eat! Take care
    Hugs from Darlene in Calif.

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  18. I love trees! I am so glad you kept the hollies. Did you know that my classmates and I took the holly leaves from the trees in third grade to give the boys cootie shots with them? They were dumb enough to line up and get stuck. I may not have told you that. Love from your girl. Lynn

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