Watching the healing
Tuesday March 19th 2013, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Family,My Garden

Dad took the paper and the comics to Mom for her to laugh by and reported to us children on her progress, and I know they’ll be making her walk on that knee soon.  She did not finish all her hospital food. I commend her for trying.

And here, quietly, as I knit…

Squirrels have this imperative need to go up.  Which is why they’ll do things like jump on a wobbly plant pot that certainly offers no protection to scan the skies for danger.

The lemon tree with its thorns growing next to the Tropic Snow peach, though, is not something I’ve ever seen them in and in 26 years they have stolen one, maybe two lemons ever–one bite and that was that.

So I don’t know if it was one of them that had just been spooked and went for the closest fur-friendly trunk or if possibly a bird tried to land on a perch that wasn’t ready for it yet; all I know is, everything was fine when I planted this and sometime after it started blooming, one branch became bent down and a few days later a second was half snapped at the base.

And yet. Still attached. Since then, both limbs have started leafing out just fine; how, I don’t know.  But to a peach tree, it is imperative that it bloom and leaf and that it grow so it can give. Already the tips of those branches are reaching in the direction of the sun: up!

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Oh poor little tree! I wonder if the branches were wrapped back in place if it would heal back.

Comment by Jody 03.20.13 @ 6:19 am

Ouch! Poor little tree. At least it doesn’t have to brave hospital food…

Comment by Channon 03.20.13 @ 6:46 am

poor little tree indeed — monster squirrels!

last year we had a snow storm that damaged my daughter’s satsuma plum tree — the DH was able to trim and wrap it and it survived — amazing!

like our children, much as we would like to, we can’t keep these little lives from feeling any pain (now about those squirrels — we may actually WANT to hurt them!)

Comment by bev 03.20.13 @ 8:52 am

Hope your mom has as easy a time recovering as she possibly can. A good brisk walk is a wonderful thing. Hope she can enjoy one very soon indeed.

Comment by robinm 03.20.13 @ 8:56 am

I wish the best for your mom. I can’t say the same for whatever broke your peach tree.

Comment by Don Meyer 03.20.13 @ 9:01 am

Sending healing thoughts to your mom. The best advice I know from a few friends who had their knees done, work hard at physical therapy. It’ll hurt, but she’ll have better range of motion and less pain afterwards. And my sympathies for your tree too, but it sure looks determined to thrive.

Comment by DebbieR 03.20.13 @ 12:46 pm

you can use florist’s tape (the kind they use for grafting) to give those branches a bit of support until they heal.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 03.20.13 @ 2:16 pm

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