Got any Morello that?
Thursday August 27th 2015, 10:16 pm
Filed under: Garden,Life

Still not free of fever at night, still sick, but today I could do stuff. (Yeah, I watered the trees Tuesday because I had no choice. It was a near thing, though.)

Today I saw a green pop-up ad selling olives and I wasn’t buying–I went out there this evening, clippers in hand.

When the tree guys stump-grindered the last of that dying olive tree, there was this wide, deep pile of sawdust afterwards. Not long after I planted my sour cherry in the middle of it and hoped.

It’s still this tiny little thing.

In the last month somehow clusters of quickly-hardening stalks have risen from the dust in a half-circle at the outer perimeter there. The first time surprised me; after that I kept an eye out and got to them earlier. I put large rocks where they’d been but wait a week and up they come again, sometimes in a new spot.

It’s not much of a contest, though, especially the ones trying to work their way out from those rocks. But it does make me wonder how much the English Morello has had to fight for root space–and it came with a broken-off major root. You don’t get first pick on bare-roots in March. But I did get my tree.

And so, wearing a flouncy silk skirt that I put on this morning to make myself feel better even if my body didn’t just then and knowing I was clothed ridiculously for working in the dirt (but eh, it handwashes), I got the tips of those clippers down below the soil line and just cut cut cut.

Because if I stopped and rested and changed I knew I might not get it done.

And then here’s the amazing thing: in March it was all yellow layered flat flakes of sawdust there. What was coming up in my hands was a well-crumbled rich, rich black soil any gardener would leap to have.

I think that sour cherry is going to end up just fine.

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Sounds like you have persistent little buggers there. It amazes me how resilient Mother Nature can be at times!

Comment by Jody 08.28.15 @ 2:02 am

And there’s our life lesson for the day – a few, actually. Pruning shows us the wonderful stuff underneath? What seemed useless only 6 months ago is going to be wonderfully nourishing in the end? Cherries are hardy? Pick one!

Comment by Pegi 08.28.15 @ 4:52 am

And I think you are going to be just fine, too. As long as you can dig in the dirt, watch the birds, and knit, what more can you ask for?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.28.15 @ 6:50 am

That sour cherry’s persistence is simply a reflection of you. So happy that your garden and birds, along with the knitting, like Sherry said, are there to help you rest and fully recover.

Comment by DebbieR 08.28.15 @ 6:58 am

I predict you’ll see a surge in the cherry soon. When soil is full of fresh woodchips, the bacteria soak up the nitrogen in order to process all that carbon. It sounds like they are getting the job done and will be releasing nitrogen back to the soil soon, and your tree will then start soaking it up!

I love microbiology – it is truly the stuff of our world.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.29.15 @ 7:47 am

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