Thursday, May 31, 2012

Diamonds in the Rough

What do you see when you look at the photo below (other than a barn in need of repair)?


Yes, it looks like a bit of a mess.  For some of you, this may be hard to look at.  Some of you are used to neatly trimmed yards and are probably halfway out the door right now, weed-whacker in hand, on your way to hunt us down and take care of some things.  We are happy to let parts of our property grow up instead of insisting on subduing every last square inch.  What we see in the photo above is a nursery, a tree nursery.

While it is often tempting to pull out your pruning shears when a little tree starts to grow along your fences or in corners of your yard, letting them grow up and then transplanting them to other areas of your property can add to your landscaping at no cost to you.  And trees are just wonderful, you know.

Here's a red bud we moved to our front yard.


Here are a cherry and mulberry tree, both of which grew up into a flowering quince bush.  I'm not surprised in the least- all kinds of birds love our flowering quinces.  Jamey pruned back the quince to allow the cherry and mulberry to take off.  One may be transplanted out later if both continue to thrive.


Here is our large black walnut.  Below it is a baby black walnut which might one day take the place of the larger one.



We have countless trees springing up everywhere here.  Many will be left to grow (and may one day end up in our wood stove), others will be moved.






So next time you want to grab those shears or hack down that unruly corner of the yard, consider finding a home for young trees in your yard.  They'll bring shade, attract wildlife and one day, may add wood to your (or someone else's) fire. Pin It

8 comments:

  1. Great suggestions!

    And I'll call you before we head out to the nursery next time!

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  2. Nature is beautiful. So are your trees.

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  3. great post....

    We have what I have been calling "the nursery"...an area in the garden that gets morning sun where we are "nursing" baby trees in recycled nursery pots. We've got two maples and about 8 Japanese Maples that we actually grew from seed! There are several other maple trees (volunteered from our neighbors tree) around the yard that we will put in pots, too, in preparation for planting at our future property. Trees are expensive! Relocating is a great way to save a tree and save money.

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  4. We are nurturing a small oak tree that has unexpectedly popped up in the middle of our perennial garden. It will be going to be transplanted there.

    I did a post on our veg garden with "your straw" rows in between! :)

    http://lisatakesix.blogspot.ca/2012/05/how-does-your-garden-grow.html

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  5. We have maple trees sprouting up everywhere! We recently had a pet die so we replanted a lovely maple sprout that was at a place it could not stay next to the grave site as a memorial tree. I have a pot that I planted flowers in sitting under a flowering peach tree I got for mothers day a few years ago. As I was weeding the flower bed, I noticed that I have three new trees growing in that pot! I can't wait to gift them to friends for a beautiful tree to have in their yard! Love to replant trees too!

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  6. Too often we want to take out the shears not only for our gardens but to life, people, family and prune them to the way we are comfortable to see them grow. I found your message far deeper than just allowing trees to grow - it is allowing God to lay His hand on them being trees and people and letting Him guide them and nurture them. Too often we make judgments that break down and destroy. I would love your comments on some of my brand new blogs as well...
    http://adayinthelifeofamotherfather.blogspot.com/2012/06/judgement.html
    God bless you

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  7. WHEN YOU LIVE NEAR TOWN LIKE US WE ARE ORDERED TO USE THE WEED WHACKER.I'D LIKE TO WHACK OFF SORE GOOD WRITING PENS THAT ARE CREATING THESE USELESS LAWS! ONE OF THE LAW MAKERS USE TO HAVE HIS YARD LOOKING LIKE A WILD FOREST REFUGE,SO MY BEEF IS WHY US ,NOT YOU?

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  8. Despite our city yard, we always seem to have a brushy spot! But we have such limited space that we can't transplant trees. . . however, you've given me the idea to at least OFFER them to someone else before I yank them.

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