Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was so proud of my Lombardy poplars in the fall of 2008. In a few short months they had grown from twigs to trees. Those weeds in the background are part of the reason I wanted the neighbor's place hidden; that, and I wanted a little privacy.
I had a plan: I'd plant Norway Spruce trees on the east side of the poplars; once those got a good start, we'd remove the poplars.
I have a problem: In order for the spruce trees to make it, we're going to have to remove the poplar trees this year because, obviously, as close as they are, they'll smother or crowd out the little trees. At this point I wish I had not gotten the Norway Spruce trees; the poplars are doing such an excellent job. They don't have a long life span, but we could have planted more when they began to die.
But because of money invested in the Norway Spruce trees, I refuse to sacrifice them.
My only hope is that I will live long enough to see the spruce trees doing their job.