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Tree Report [Sep. 27th, 2009|12:25 pm]
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I found and potted two peach trees today. I dug up and potted two pecan trees during the rains last week. One of them may make it. The other one isn't dead yet, but it doesn't look very hopeful. A couple of weeks ago I bought some scraggly half-dead half-price Magnolia trees from Lowe's. They are starting to looking pretty healthy and may be ready to plant this fall. I dug up and potted five live oaks, two some-other-kind-of oaks and one peach tree last spring. All of them are doing just fine. I'll probably plant them out at the land this fall.

Meanwhile, out at the land, both of the planted live oaks and both of the planted red oaks are doing well. I also found a small bald cypress down by the river. It may be a volunteer, but I'm pretty sure it's one of the ones G and I planted a couple of years ago. I thought they had all gotten washed away in the flood later that summer, but maybe I was wrong. Wherever it came from, here is a picture of it:

Baby Bald Cypress By The River

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-09-27 06:37 pm (UTC)
You lucky (and smart) woman! Both our planted cypresses died in the drought (down in the woods; we couldn't haul enough water to them.) And they were so pretty until then...I'm glad you have a riverbank, and the cypress made it.

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-09-27 09:00 pm (UTC)
Lucky, mostly.

But still I've lost about half of the trees that I've planted. The drought killed two five-year trees that I'd planted in the lower meadow, two bald cypress trees by the river, a Mexican buckeye in the upper meadow and a purple sage out by the road.

I also had a century plant just vanish. It was there one day and gone the next. But it was really small and I think an animal took it.

I try to keep in mind that it only takes two wet years for a tiny tree to get its roots deep enough to make it on its own. So I just keep planting and throwing out acorns, pecans and other seeds, and figuring that I'm bound to catch a wet couple of years eventually.

And once I move out there, I'll use the well water and eventually the cistern water for many of the trees that I plant. That's one of the few good things about having 10 acres instead of 80.
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