Not long ago, I found myself reflecting on my tree planting selections in my yard over the last year. Two are Craigslist rescues and I’ve been having my doubts about them.
The loquat is not looking good, at all. I don’t know what is wrong with it, but it seems ignoring it has only made it worse.
It’s been flowering for months. A desperate reproductive strategy employed by a tree that knows its days are numbered?
I think it is time to admit defeat and say goodbye. I have a healthy loquat that has put on a ton of growth and I might move it to this spot — less than two years ago, I planted it from a small 4-inch container purchased at Cistus. I didn’t detect any growth the first year, but now it reaches the top of my 6-foot fence.
Then there’s the ginkgo, which I foolishly brought home sight unseen. Constrained for time, I sent my husband and one of my sons to dig it up and bring it home in my brother-in-law’s truck. It’s very healthy, but it has a double leader. My favorite form for a ginkgo is upright with a central leader. Anyone want a spreading ginkgo?
I thought I talked myself into giving up tree salvaging as a hobby.
But on Thursday last week, I was out jogging and saw this in a front yard.
I deliberated a whole 5 or 6 seconds before I knocked on the door to ask about any future plans for this tree. No answer. So later I drove by to drop off a polite inquiry in writing. No call. The next day, no call. Weekend, same. OK, good — I was actually relieved to be saved from my vice of second hand tree collecting.
But then Monday night I got a friendly VM from the owner giving me the go ahead to rehome this poor tree. Yippee!
And into the van it went.
I never thought about what to do with this thing after bringing it home. This palm has 6 feet of trunk, and measures 9 feet with the mass of leaves. Since it needs some elaborate burlap wrapping and staking, we decided it had to go into a pot until we could prepare a site and deal with the staking. Embarrassing, but here it is lashed to our basement stairs and deck railing which is the only place where it wouldn’t potentially fall, endangering a child, pet or plant.