I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 4

What is about children and saplings? You feel you have to watch them; keep a beady eye on them all the time to make sure they don’t get into mischief, sometimes doing it sneakily so they don’t know you’re watching them, which is when you often see the best of what they’re up to; but watch them you have to and marvel at their growth and development, be awed by their natural instinct to grow towards what they think will give them the best chance of success; which in the case of a son is a computer or iPhone but for a sapling it is the sun and the rain.

tree growing june 2014

Small arms start to push their way through the protective sleeve

You often find that their arms start growing, poking out beyond their sleeves and soon long enough to get in the way of lawnmowers or passing livestock (I’m referring to the tree here as opposed to the boy obvs!)

Which is why growth has been so prolific this past month…nothing to do with computers or electronic gaming; that, if anything, tranquilises growth IMO; no, I’m talking about the warm wet weather and tremendous storms we have had that whilst not that pleasant for the human race, Mother Nature’s offspring love it and they luxuriate in the fertility of the rich nitrites in their environs.

tree measures june 2004

My! Haven’t you grown.

And so it was that I found our apple sapling had grown significantly since its last blog post (it’s no exaggeration to say it has grown at least 20cm!)

I had hoped beyond hope that there might have been a hint of blossom, and whilst I do sometimes believe in them, this would have been nothing short of a miracle given our sapling’s life up to now. No, I am happy that it is not just alive but a strapping sapling, so my blossom hopes will have to wait.

But as I said earlier, the sunshine, lightning & rain and warmth have created ideal conditions for flourishing and lush growth in the garden and what we now have, other than knee high standard green lawn grass (I differentiate this from the other sort) that I really must carefully trim; is a delightful mixture of wild flowers and grasses (very different from the boring common-or-garden green lawn grass previously mentioned), that have emerged freely and happily around the base of our little tree.

buttercups by tree june 2014

The golden glow of the buttercup

Now this is where I shall have to bow to the greater knowledge of Lucy et al, because other than the buttercup (and I know this one extremely well because I am very fond of butter) and daisy (I’m a dab hand at the daisy chain), I am not at all up to speed on the names of flora abunda.

white flower june 2014

Delicate white petals fit for a fairy princess

So I shall call it the very pretty fairy princess-like delicate daisy-esque wild flower that happily bobbed and jiggled about in the warm wind that was blowing this afternoon.

And when I get round to snipping the rather more boring green lawn grass, I might just carefully snip around the little white flower and let it be. Because it may not be pertinent to the well being of my sapling, but like the computer games and iPhone, it all adds to the balance and well being of my precious little sapling.

About Sophia Moseley

Freelance Copywriter, Feature Writer and Author. Looking for that illusive job that every working mother craves but surviving, just, on what I can find. My writing and poetry keeps my sane. Watch this space.
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6 Responses to I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 4

  1. Reading the text and looking at pictures simultaneously, I began to have an idea that your human offspring are prone to producing extra arms. Must be weariness after being woken in the night by thunder.

    About the little flower – you don’t show much of it but you might consider chickweed (Stellaria media). There are pictures and info. on this page http://www.ediblewildfood.com/chickweed.aspx

    It’s a wild food site. I’ve no idea whether chickweed is edible (have only just come across the site so I don’t know how far to rely on it) but the info. there is sunstantial.

    • Ha ha! You’re not far from the truth, when one of my sons is in the house, it’s sometimes like having a herd of wandering wildebeest!
      I shall definitely investigate the chickweed idea. There really is a huge salad bowl out there just waiting to be enjoyed!

  2. coastcard says:

    Chickweed also came to my mind. Your little apple tree is romping away and doubtless enjoying the mild moist weather. My cherry sapling has finally put on a growth spurt too.


    • I’m very interested in the chickweed idea, particularly as it seems you might be able to eat the leaves!
      My sapling is certainly shooting upwards and I’m delighted to hear your cherry sapling has put on a spurt. Did you plant it out in the end or leave it in its pot?
      Interesting to read about your leaf investigation, they do look very similar on first glance!

  3. lizard100 says:

    Children and saplings! I love it. Good to see small trees thriving.

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