It followed me home. Can I keep it?
Saturday, 01 Oct 11 Cloudy 20°C / 68°F
Seeing as the Lemon tree has settled in and lived, I must have been deemed to have passed the test. I’ve been presented with another opportunity, and that has now been taken up.
Whilst walking home from work the other day I couldn’t help but inspect the rubbish piles out on the nature strips. Walking past one of them it consisted of an old mattress, quilt and a dead tree — DEAD TREE?
That’s not dead – it’s an apple, or a pear – it’s starting to bud too….
The pot was gone and it was just a root ball amongst fine tan bark potting mix. I don’t know if the pot broke, or was needed for other things but that’s a mystery I can leave to others. The mystery that mattered was how was I going to get this home – Truth was, I wasn’t, as it was way too heavy to carry. I decided that if it was still there the next day though…
Tomorrow morning arrives and the autopilot kicks in, start the car, drive to work and Wham – autopilot disengages and I find the car has parked itself opposite this sad and forlorn stick. Stick? AH the tree, I nearly forgot!
Into the boot it goes, wait a second or so for the cramp in the neck to dissipate (It was a tad on the heavy side) and Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go!
The following photos show it in its new home. If it’s an apple it has no framework as such but plenty of spurs. I’m guessing that it’s a dwarf of some variety and I’m also guessing I’ll know more in a couple of months, or if any one here thinks it looks familiar then by all means post away. Opinions gratefully accepted.
Now if I can only find the winning ticket I’ll be laughing (tattslotto that is!)
- Out of the boot and onto the ground at its new home.
- 1/3 rd of the root ball removed, half of the tan bark potting mix gone and a shovelful of good compost. Now into a 20 litre (4 gallon) container.
- The leaves
- The blossom
- and now (7th October) in full bloom