"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My pity party is over......thanks to you , dear readers

your words  of encouragement.......I greatly appreciate! 
I now, once again, face the new days with enthusiasm and
I find joy in all that surrounds me. 

In  the mail, 12 young trees arrived  from the Arbor Day Foundation.
I love this organization because they send trees for my 
area, that I would never think to purchase or buy otherwise.
If you want a good start of trees, go give them a look!

In this group are 2 Sargent Crabapple, 3 American Redbud, 2 Washington Hawthorn,
3 White Flowering Dogwood, and 2 Crapemyrtle. 
Are any of you familiar with any of these types of trees or have raised any?
These trees were supposed to be placed in the ground  and kept for 1 to two years in a protected garden area and then transplanted to their permanent home.
However.......these are young twigs.......and if  left in the ground here at our home........
deer, rabbits and even rats will snap the twigs off .  I have had this happen to so many
trees I have tried to raise.  So this time.......I am going to experiment........
I have placed each one in a container with organic garden soil.........each is labeled.
I have them now in my shop to protect them from the outside......the shop is very cold at this time of year and the windows give just the right amount of light.......so the trees have a winter environment for now. 
When spring comes, I will move them to my greenhouse where they will
be out of reach from the critters and be able to grow in a nice environment. 
I do plan to plant them in larger containers as soon as the root systems get larger.
Hopefully I  will have little twigs with leaves soon to show you.

Also, before Christmas, my  daughter gave me a Bonsai
tree kit that has 3 different types of Bonsai trees to grow.

The first two weeks they are to stay in sealed bags in the window........
then they will move to the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks., then 
they are to be placed in a warm spot where they will hopefully
germinate. I  am unsure about these......but I do have hope.

I have also replaced my bent needle and am stitching the 
hours away when I am not in the garden.
I know a lot of you are facing terrible cold and 
even tragic mudslides and weather these days.
My hopes go out to you for warmer, brighter 
and  more peaceful days.