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Updating the mission #9_March 2018

Update-wise, I've got nothing for March. I completed a single task, one about finding a mantra which I have. Memorizing it which I have. And using it which I have been sort of, kind of. Still and all, I'm counting #35 as done.

So mainly this is a photo post, a sad one for me, about the dying of a tree, my beautiful courtyard flowering plum. It's demise began with the dying of a branch a couple of years ago which led to the dying of several branches last year which lead in this sadness this year.

First photo is what it should have looked like a couple of weeks ago.
           Second is what it looked like the day we had it removed.

The third photo is what we should have, a lovely leafed-out plum.
          The fourth photo is what we do have, emptiness. BTW the plant in the first photo is now taller than me! It was the stress of the drought, that brought some kind of boring bug, which did it in. Problem is, the bug attacks all trees, except some citrus, so time was of the essence before the problem spread. I'll update this later when something new, and smaller, has been planted :)

On a happier note, Aaron delighted because we are cooking up his Grandma Lucy's fat little corn fritters which we eat with chili :)


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lisa_thecat
Apr. 7th, 2018 05:59 am (UTC)
I am sorry for your plum tree, it was a beauty. Will you replace it with another flowering tree? You have a beautiful garden. Is that a lilac in bloom in your 4th pic?
gaeln
Apr. 10th, 2018 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was so lovely but much too big for its spot. I will replace it but with something, also flowering, that is smaller. I find I'm liking the view I've regained of the hills :) And no. While I don't know what it is, I know that it's not a lilac :)
gilda_elise
Apr. 7th, 2018 11:37 am (UTC)
Losing a tree is always hard, especially when it's one that's an especial favorite. And such a gorgeous tree! Any idea what you plan to put in its place?
gaeln
Apr. 10th, 2018 06:52 pm (UTC)
It is hard. It was one of the first things I planted here. I think I'll replace it with something like the flowering hawthorn that is to its right. You can see it well in the first photo but no in bloom and just barely in the fourth but in bloom. A little bush-made-into-a tree kind of thing because they do grow smaller and take to pruning much better.
ashmedai
Apr. 7th, 2018 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about the tree! It might sounds silly, but in your place I think I'd feel like I lost an old friend.
gaeln
Apr. 10th, 2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
You are exactly right. It is like losing an old friend, one I watched grow from smaller than me to so tall. Happily, I got many many beautiful photos of it over the years :)
film102
Apr. 20th, 2018 11:26 am (UTC)
So sorry for your loss of your plum tree. It's like losing a person when that happens. It's so odd. I remember some trees in our neighborhood and by a creek I used to go by on the way to work. They were removed and cut down for a concrete plant and I grieved every time I went by there. There was no reason for them to be killed like that.
gaeln
May. 1st, 2018 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you :) It is like losing someone especially when you've planted it, watered it, helped it grow. Trees beautify our world. It is so sad when they are removed, like yours were, for no reason :(
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