I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing part 5

My little apple sapling…just about 3 years younger than my eldest son who found such immense pride and excitement planting his apple pip all those 11 years ago…is suffering a similar fate to my teenage son. Although it has to be said this particular problem is not restricted to the teen years, it can make itself felt from around one year old.

I speak of the horror and often hatred of the hair cut; I well remember several occasions grasswhen my son hid under the salon table and refused to come out and it was only with the promise of leaving the building immediately, bypassing all tools of torture, that he agreed to come out!

Anyway, I digress; our juvenile sapling has needed a trim for sometime now and as with my recalcitrant son, the mass of shaggy growth has managed to avoid the snip and cut of the whirling lawnmower blades, primarily because it would be too risky to take the petrol driven mower much closer than a 4″ perimeter lest I should cut into its still slight slim sapling trunk.

grass cuttersSo today, leaving the mower out of sight, without fuss or nervous excitement, I gently teased the long shoots of grass out of the protective collar so I could safely snip away without fear of nicking him in the bark.

But as I gently pulled the varying lengths of foliage from around him, I couldn’t help but notice just how many different types of grass and weed had taken root; the inevitable buttercup leaves were there (although no sign of the golden yellow petals) and its snaking entrails had started to wrap themselves around the area. buttercup leaves

Then there was the wild grass. Now I rather like wild grass, it has a hippy happy-go-lucky wild grass gonewild grassfeel about it, going where the wind takes it and making do. It also always reminds me of a ditty from my childhood…

here’s a tree in summer, here’s a tree in winter, here’s a bunch of flowers, here’s the April showers.

Anyway, it was a very satisfying job and I made sure every straggling shoot and slender blade was snipped down to its roots until the whole area was neatly trimmed.

I can’t say I’d win any prizes for hairdresser of the year but I reckon I gave him a pretty decent short back and sides. Which reminds me of one time my son refused to go to the hairdresser, so I found the kitchen scissors and did the best I could. I recall his hair afterwards looked not dissimilar to his apple sapling.

It’s nice that they continue to have a connection… grass cut

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 5

  1. coastcard says:

    I was particularly pleased to be reminded of the ditty which you link to the hair-cutting post! I had completely forgotten the joy of picking a strand of wild grass and ‘doing the actions’ as we recited the rhyme. How lovely to be raising an apple tree!


    • I love the many short rhymes of my childhood and fear I may have forgotten many of them, but this is one I have shared with my children…along with the April shower of seeds that perhaps I shouldn’t really do nowadays given prevalence of tics! So glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. Chloris says:

    I’ m sure your tree feels much better for the haircut though.Has it got any apples on it?

    • I think it probably does too! Sadly no sign of any apples, there was not blossom either, but I’m not surprised given it’s pot-bound life until recently!
      Maybe next year…

  3. Buttercups – earlier on, I was thinking how few there were round here this year, then, a few miles away, there were fields with masses. I hadn’t realised they are so sensitive to . . . to what? something in the weather? I like grasses too. I wish they would stay still to have their portraits taken. I sense your tree is sort of deep breathing happily now its fringe has been cut.

    • I’m not sure about buttercups either – I know their roots are quite extraordinary! I think he was quite pleased with the fringe trim too!
      Am loving your #treefollowing blog Lucy!

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