I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 8

We’re two thirds of our way through Lucy’s #treefollowing blog year which means my tree has reached a horticultural milestone. Why? You may well ask; and I will tell you.

After a somewhat, for royalty (it’s a Royal Gala), ignominious start in life, having lived in a small pot designed for a geranium at best for his first 10 years and been carted around due to our many house moves, I decided it was time to release our apple sapling from his pot-bound life and plant him alongside his much bigger distant relatives at the bottom of our current garden. That was exactly one year ago.

So after a year of being in yet another temporary rented property (and yes, we will have to dig him up and transport him when we move again); he has withstood the rigours of the extreme weather conditions due to climate change that we are all now coming to accept and, notwithstanding the leaf mould I shall sort out in the spring, the nibbling insects whom I will also sort out when they appear next year, our apple sapling has made it through his first year of being a proper tree planted out in a large garden, as opposed to an apple tree masquerading as a geranium in a very small plant pot outside our back door!

A bright red strawberry growing amongst the autumn leaves.

A bright red strawberry growing amongst the autumn leaves.

But I wonder if, as we humans have revelled in our artificially glorious summer this year that has likely only come about due to our own manmade activities, will the contrived protection I gave our sapling, albeit the simple shelter of outside walls; leave him wanting, and perhaps less able to cope with the extremes to which he will now be exposed.

Our extended summer seems finally to be petering out and we are being subject to a considerable battering by high winds and rain, so I wonder if my juvenile tree, that has hopefully found his feet, or rather roots in terra firma, will brave the storm and stand firm in his autumn leafless twiggy one-year-old-cum-11-year-old state.

A new buddleia flower blooming in the late summer

A new buddleia flower blooming in the late summer

Of course if it snows this year (and I have a hunch it’s going to be a very white and deep winter, so place your bets now) then I hope he will not pine for his pot that stood in the shelter of our various back doors for so many years, but stands up to the climate change we humans have created and says “you know what, I may be small but I have learned a lot in my little geranium pot and now I’m going to help make a difference”.

I similarly hope my son, for whom this tree means so much, will also step up to the plate when the time comes and be both strong and resilient because of, and not in spite of the environment he faces due to the actions of others.

I may only be small but I'm feisty

I may only be small but I’m feisty

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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15 Responses to I’m following a tree for Loose and Leafy @LucyCorrander #treefollowing Part 8

  1. Amanda says:

    Fingers crossed it will get through the winter, I all so think we are due some snow this year after such a mild wet winter last year. If it dose get very cold you could put some gardening fleece round it..
    Amanda xx

    • I hope so Amanda, especially after everything it’s been through! I like your idea of the fleece and we have a lot of sheep round here so I should be able to collect plenty!

  2. coastcard says:

    Here’s to strength and the feisty spirit! What a good post. As for a white winter, well, I hope it doesn’t last for long!

    • Thank you Caroline, if he’s true to his planter, then there’s feisty spirit aplenty! I have a suspicion we may be in for a long harsh winter, though I could of course be completely wrong!

  3. Lucy Corrander says:

    At 4am this morning a man was found on his upturned boat 18 miles south of Portland Bill. He’d sent a message to say he was in trouble at 5pm the previous evening. During the night while he was out there – not far from where I live – I was awake because of thunder and lightening. Can’t get it out of my head. I like snow so I sort of hope your premonition is right. But I wouldn’t like to be a little apple tree in bad weather – nor a mariner!

    • Golly! The poor man. He must have been perished. I think I read about his rescue on Twitter. But hopefully he was a seasoned sailor so what seemed like hell on earth for you might not have been so bad for him. But I know what you mean. One of your contributors has suggested fleece to protect the sapling from severe weather. I think that’s a brilliant idea!

  4. Interesting to see how the tree progresses after its first year “out”. I’ve had a quick look at previous posts but can’t find an answer – have you noticed if it’s grown much this year?

    • Thank you for your comment. I did measure it in the spring so I shall take another measurement soon – put it in my next post in fact! I’m pretty confident there has been some growth but you’re right, it would be nice to know for definite!

  5. Our extended summer weather came to an abrupt halt over the past weekend with wind, rain and much cooler temperatures.
    Your little tree seems very resilient and I hope it survives the next move. I’m visiting from Lucy’s tree following.

    • Yes, our summer seems to have reached a conclusion, but I am hopeful our little sapling will continue to thrive, no matter what!
      Isn’t Lucy’s #treefollowing blog great fun!

  6. I hope your tree finds new strength in the greater root run and companionship in being planted out, whatever the weather throws at it.

  7. Do you know, Sophia, before I got to the end, and your comparison with your son, I was thinking of mine. Every tree in this part of the Northern Hemisphere must experience its frost, have its roots waterlogged, be covered in snow and icicles. Somehow it is a message the little saplings need to grow into huge trees. My son is 11, and just fresh into secondary school, and the rigours of a very different kind of study. It has been a shock for him. Yet a little hardship maketh the man (or woman), I suppose.

    • Spot on Kate! Character building they call it and as hard as it is for parents and guardians of saplings to see, we know that without that momentary hardship, they will not withstand the rigours of time in later life.
      I feel for you and your son who is in his first term of secondary school. It’s a very steep learning curve for both of you. Lots of luck to him (and you!).

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