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It followed me home. Can I keep it?

Saturday, 01 Oct 11 Cloudy 20°C / 68°F

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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!)


  1. Out of the boot and onto the ground at its new home.
  2. 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.
  3. The leaves
  4. The blossom
  5. and now (7th October) in full bloom

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Dwarf Apple?

Malus domestica

Potting Up

Trimmed and transferred into a pot.

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  • Sue_McMuffin09

    Sue_McMuffin09 wrote:

    lol… what do you mean, can you keep it…. I would.. lol

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Russell

    Russell wrote:


    So are you starting a tree orphanage? Only thing ever left on the side of the road around here is thistles, roadkill, or I did see a ladies shoe one day…

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Acacia

    Acacia wrote:

    Heh, the things some people ‘throw out’ !!!

    Glad it’s found a good home though :) I feel guilty thinning out seedlings bahaha

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • poppyde

    poppyde wrote:

    Did you check it for tracking devices?

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • TeresaGreen

    TeresaGreen wrote:

    That’s good karma for saving that lemon tree, I wonder if whoever chucked out your apple tree didn’t know it was deciduous and thought it was dead! A great save Graibeard – that’s one lucky tree, a few days of sunny weather (as forecast this week) would not have been kind to it – lucky tree and lucky you, you’re obviously meant to be together.

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    They are amazingly tough, apple trees. DS2 took on one which had been removed from a friends garden then left for 6 months sitting in a pond. It is now thriving and fruiting well. Hope you are deliciously rewarded for your efforts.

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • digfrance

    digfrance wrote:

    nice find ! some folks have all the luck.

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @Sue_McMuffin09. :-) Indeed, why not?

    @Russell. As a matter of fact… There are a lot of tree seedlings here at the moment. Baldrick would be proud of me!

    @Acacia. So true about the seedling thinning, and the throwaways!

    @poppyde. Ah, perhaps I should water it a little more, just to settle it in, and perhaps drown any bugs?

    @TeresaGreen. I hadn’t thought of that! Surely not? I’d love to be there when the In-laws come around and ask where the apple tree they gave them went – “you did WHAT?” So now they are forecasting sunny weather? It wouldn’t go amiss I must admit.

    @seeingreen. Left sitting in a pond?! That’s a bit harsh, but good to know too. I had some strawberries that were stored in a pot that had no drain holes, it became a lesson in just how long strawberries can survive with wet feet – that too was in months. (If only there was some way to keep a record of those things? :-)

    @digfrance, Indeed – very good fortune, and if it fruits? Wow!

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    Wow! Another great save! Looks like an apple to me. And it’s even about to bloom. I am amazed that you find beautiful, living trees just cast about. You definitely have a way of attracting stray fruit trees.

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Mamabluestem

    Mamabluestem wrote:

    Love it! My stock phrases — ‘Oh that ol’ thing? Its been there for years’, or ‘Must be a volunteer, how nice!’ Not sure those would work in the case of a tree, but hubby just shoots me a suspicious look and mumbles anyway!

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • AnneTanne

    AnneTanne wrote:

    ‘Can you keep it?’ It seems to me that it’s the plant’s destiny to be happily kept by you.

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • TolCath

    TolCath wrote:

    You deserve a tree-savior badge. :)

    Posted on 02 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @flowerweaver. I hope it continues too. It definitely brightens the mood!

    @Mamabluestem. LOL! DW would look at me strangely if I didn’t come home with something (and I try and make sure that a few of those somethings strike a chord with her too – this did! :-)

    @AnneTanne. I’d better make sure I give it a lot of care now. My reputation amongst the fate deciders will be shot if I slip up.

    @TolCath. It would be worn with pride!

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • LillyPilly

    LillyPilly wrote:

    Wow good save, again! Maybe we can find you a government grant for operating a homeless tree shelter.

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • laurieann

    laurieann wrote:

    Once the word gets out, I wouldn’t be surprised if people started leaving their dead and dying plants on your doorstep in the middle of the night with the hope that you will bring them back to life and provide them with a good home!

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • xan

    xan wrote:

    I often leave plants that I have no home for out in the alley, hoping someone like you will come along and scoop them up, cursing me out, no doubt, little suspecting that I knew that graibeard has his minions and acolytes all over the world, looking for things to replant, reuse and repurpose!

    Posted on 03 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Russell

    Russell wrote:

    Oh LillyPilly, you just gave me an idea for the name – Graibeard’s Tree House!! :)

    Posted on 04 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Prickles

    Prickles wrote:

    A job well done, graibeard!

    Def looks apple-like and prob a dwarf variety. Lucky thing, about $35-$45 retail.

    Yep, I’d bet your house it’s a dwarf apple.

    Posted on 04 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @LillyPilly, NOoooo! Not the government, the red tape will strangle everything! The homeless shelter is fine though.

    @laurieann, Shades of Monty Python and the Holy Grail there, except they were doing it the other way around as I recall. Home delivery would be nice I must admit, it would save on the neck cramps!

    @xan. LOL.. Minions and acolytes – I love the mental imagery there. Do they scamper and natter? – Yes. they do! and more… I see Igor lurking in the shadows too – so that’s where he’s been!
    They keep muttering about an excess of mattresses and quilts – also televisions? But they do love finding the plants. Keep the discards coming. :-)

    @Russell. Finally, a tree house! No ponies allowed, donkeys are fine though. (Ogres too.)

    @Prickles. Ah, confirmation of a Dwarf apple – No wonder the minions and acolytes picked Igor as their leader, he knows what to look for! The Fairy tale continues with a meeting in the tree house, at midnight on the full moon no doubt?
    A lovely saving too, $35 vs $free

    Posted on 04 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • TeresaGreen

    TeresaGreen wrote:

    with $35 dwarf apple trees you still need to wait a couple of years for blosson/fruit!

    Posted on 04 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    Ah! Nice save… again!

    Posted on 05 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @TeresaGreen. True. This one isn’t letting me down in the flowering department either. The last photo (No. 5) is a shot taken today of the fully opened blossom. It’s lost most of its red colouring but no matter as there’s plenty more on the tree – hopefully its not an indication of its last hurrah; there are a few splits in the bark that have developed :-(

    @SneIrish. Indeed, nice — and lucky. Speaking of which, I’ll borrow some of the magic from that shamrock on your hat, just in case those splits mentioned above need any ‘green’ help.

    Posted on 07 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • SneIrish

    SneIrish wrote:

    @graibeard – Ah! Help Yourself! There’s plenty to go ’round, especially as I sit here answering ya from ye old sod. HaHa! ;D

    Posted on 07 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

  • graibeard

    graibeard wrote:

    @SneIrish, :-) And with that comes a time zone shift so… “A top o the morning to you”. (No doubt you’re enjoying it!)

    Posted on 07 Oct 11 (almost 3 years ago)

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