11/10/2009

30 years and 6000 trees later...

I had a great laugh reading my friend's Kerry's blog this evening... And I quote her:


"I was reading my friend Gerry's blog the other day all about the birds and such she can see through her window while she is stitching. I'll admit to being quite jealous. Here on the prairie, trees are scarce and most birds have too much sense to hang around here."

Kerry I also live on a prairie and here are pictures of my garden when I moved here in 1980.... See many trees? Only dead ones... All the trees I see out my windows are trees I've planted.... over 6000 trees in thirty years...about a 200 square foot section at a time. and most produce some fruit, seed, or berry to attract birds.


The only birds we had at that time were killdeer, pheasant and hawks...The pic on the lower right is of a planting.... So when I look out the window at my trees and birds I have a extra special reason for appreciating them because it took so damn long and so much work to get them... I had to mulch everything heavily because besides not having any trees I had very little water in our well... only enough for the house, not the garden...The next time you come to visit I will give a real VIP tour... and we can stitch together and watch the birds....

2 comments:

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

LOL - you got me there, Gerry! No wonder you love all your trees so much when you are the cause of them being there. Like the Hearst castle - he wanted a forest view so he made a forest where he wanted it! Alas, I don't think I have the skill or the years to make a forest. It is the chinook winds that kill the little trees every year - it suddenly warms enough for a few days for the sap to run, then we are plunged back into sub-zero weather and they die. You inspire me to keep trying though!
hUGS,
kERRY

Momma Bear said...

OMG Gerry, I am in aw of your planting prowess! I don't know if I have that kind of sticktoitevness. my own new garden is only 3/4 of an acre and at the moment the only thin growing in it are overgrown Rhodies, weeds, 3 plum trees , a willow and a dozen or so assorted pine trees. I have my work cut out for me! just digging in bulbs for this spring was an adventure! apparently we were built on a bed of gravel and bolders! sigh! it will be pretty one day!

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