Earlier this summer, I introduced the dead tree of spite.
It’s still there, and still looking very much dead.
But this year has been an interesting year for trees. (There’s a sentence ya don’t use much… lol)
First in regards to my one original tree… in spite of this being a really really hot and really dry year, it seems like the little tree hit itself a growth spurt and never looked back! Seems like it went from tiny to good sized while my back was turned!
And then, this fall, it had another trick up its sleeve… it turned red!! Previous years the leaves have just been a darkish brownish… something that was a contrast to the neighbors nearest tree that turned a pretty orange. But this year…. instead of going straight to dark brown…. they are stopping at a pretty dark red!
(this was mid-change… almost all of the leaves are the darker red color now)
No idea how exactly that happens… wonder whether it means the tree is healthier, or has too little water, or who knows what. Maybe the leaves just dropped too fast in previous years… as it’s not in as big of a hurry to shake them off this year either where last year they were gone almost as soon as the green left. But very cool!
Also very cool….
Where this summer was so hot and dry, the lawn died really early… like june instead of august… and then came back to life about the time school started.
So, I wasn’t mowing very much during the main part of the summer…. but when I was, it was hotter than normal, and I’m not a fan of weed eating and trimming anyway, so it got skipped a lot more than it ideally should have.
I mention this to explain how I could walk outside in September and notice that I have volunteer trees growing against my shed that were nearly waist high!
They’d sort of mixed in with the weeds earlier in the year when they didn’t get chopped off, and then when all the grass died, I wasn’t out there messing with things to pay attention.
They’ve grown about a foot since I first noticed them…. making the tallest two only about 18 inches shorter than the dead tree of spite.
There are two of them growing right next to each other right at the corner of the shed that faces the back of the house, and then on the other side, there is one in about the same spot on that corner, and one a little in front of it closer to the entrance of the shed. This last one is the one I’m not sure how well it will do… but the others seem to be doing great.
Not the ideal places I would have planted them…. but then, the shed gives them some support from wind and such….
And this is an old beat up shed that leaks bad from hail damage and was supposed to have been replaced with my awnings after the insurance company had paid for them, but my stepdad decided not to. So, I’m not too concerned about any damage the trees might later cause it… as it can’t hold anything that can’t get wet anyway and already needs replaced.
And then there is my bush.
You didn’t know I had a bush? Well, neither did I.
Again, this was a sparse year for weed eating. I’d chopped off this large weed several times last summer… and it was one of the ones with a strong stalk to where it was hard to get to chop.
So I didn’t spend too much time on it at the start of this summer. I was aware it was there, but not too concerned.
Nor was I really bothered when it was about halfway to my knee.
When I noticed it had gotten big and was about knee high, I sprayed it with weed killer… knowing it was a pain to chop. But failed to notice that it failed…
Until one day I went out there… and found myself looking at a large chest-high bush!!!
(This really sounds bad for my skills of observation and my back yard… but really… it grew very fast!!)
It too apparently likes low water and warm temps.
Which made me wonder…. was this something that was supposed to be there? Maybe it was an intentional plant that I was a doof and just kept killing each year instead of letting it grow.
Because this sucker was huge!!! And no other weeds in the yard were even remotely close to being halfway to knee even…
So asked around… and found out that this is polkweed. Some consider it a weed, but then, some places sell it as a normal plant from a nursery.
So, since it was the only thing green in my yard by this point, I let it stay. Well, plus, it was a lot easier than figuring out how to deal with this giant thing!
So I now have a random bush against the garage. It got berries on it a while after this pic was taken.
So my yard has been thriving in the way of large vegetation… even in the middle of a really hot and dry summer.
But I have one more tree to introduce to you… this one belonging to my stepdad, as mentioned in the dead tree of spite story.
A family member of mine has renamed this tree “the dead tree of karma”