Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Our Babies

We just adopted five babies Tuesday -- actually 3 babies and 2 toddlers. There will be 8-9 more additions soon.

No, at 72+ years, we are not following in the footsteps of Father Abraham and wife, Sarah.

But we have baby trees and shrubs to nurture, instead of aged red oaks. I counted the rings of one red oak we lost and quit after 90. I may retry with a magnifying glass.

Here are the our new adoptions:

1. The Japanese Red Maple is nearly a new born. Its deep burgundy leaves remain the same color during the growing season.

2. Our "terrific two" twins are Crepe Myrtles. Their color is not known as their tags were missing, but it is thought to be one purple and one white; it will be a surprise when they bloom!

3. Then we have two toddlers: an Eastern Redbud, and a Red Dogwood.

4. These plant photos are non-descript, plain, even downright ugly and boring. But when they are old enough to flower, the wait and anticipation is worth it. Below are some samples of Crepe Myrtle, Red Dogwood, and Eastern Redbud .


Arkansas Patti said...

It is so sad to lose old friends but who can resist youngsters. You have a marvelous selection . The good thing about the young trees is that you are eye level with them and can really see the buds and growth spurts up close. Established trees seem to never change but the young ones seem to change daily. Enjoy those babies.

Amber Star said...

We bought a Bloodgood Japanese maple last fall. It is starting to leaf now. I'm going to keep it in a large pot for the time being. If I remember correctly they need to be under a larger tree, but my memory may not be as good as it could be these days.