Thursday, June 16, 2011

Give It A Chance

New Leaves

Early this Spring we decided to transplant a huge Carolina cherry in our yard. It was growing right up against a sycamore tree. I felt like it was taking all the energy from the sycamore and the sycamore was suffering ill effects.

The Carolina cherry was about 15 feet tall and we had to cut a huge tap root to get it out of the ground. Most of the rest of the rootball was intact. We moved it over next to our storage shed thinking it would provide a bit of shade there. These Carolina cherry trees are the ones which provide berries to the robins in the late winter before they migrate north.

Transplanted Carolina Cherry
with lots of new leaves coming out

After we transplanted the Carolina cherry and staked it well, it lost almost every single leaf within a week. Gary told me he didn't think it was going to make it. I said just keep watering it three or four times a day and give it a chance.

Uncrowded Sycamore Tree

This week the Carolina cherry tree started putting on all kinds of new leaves. We're so happy it's going to make it. Sometimes the resilence of nature truly amazes me.


  1. We have so much to learn from nature.
    I wonder how many times we've given up on something that was just going through changes....

  2. What a wonderful news to hear that
    your cherry tree started putting on new leaves! I learned patience from you. It would be lovely to see the robins around the tree!

  3. There is an important metaphor in the tree story- needing to focus on strong roots before new growth can take place....

  4. You did a good job of resuscitating the tree. I probably would have given up. Nice work.

  5. That shows the patience and persistence of a potter. You probably helped both trees to live long and fruitful (pun intended) lives.

  6. Hi Teresa, thanks, you know you've hit on something with your words, giving up on something, or perhaps giving up on someone when they are going through changes, it might not be seen on the outside but it's happening on the inside, a good thing for me to keep in mind about people.

    Hi Sapphire, thanks, we have another big Carolina cherry tree outside my studio window and this past winter it was filled with hundreds of robins, so I wanted to save this tree and give it more room to prosper and produce the black berries that the robins love so much.

    Hi Kathy, thanks, you are so right about the roots needing to be strong before the growth can take place and everything needs a different amount of roots in order to grow.

    Hi Patti, thanks, I've learned to be patient with plants from years of gardening. At our last place we had a very hard frost and many semi-tropical plants looked dead including our lemon trees, we left them in, and in the middle of July some of them came back to life, I learned a lot from that experience that year.

  7. Hi Lori, thanks, many times I am very impatient, but gardening and now clay have tamed my impatience somewhat. I need to take a lesson every day from plants and clay.


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