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Unexpected Sprouts

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After cutting up one of the trees recently felled by the pros we hired, I put two chunks in the shop garage to dry out. They looked like potential pieces for a future sculpting project.

Yesterday, we were surprised to find there was still life energy stored in those cut sections of the tree.

Despite a lack of sun or moisture, sprouts of new green growth have burst forth from the bark. Meanwhile, the leaves on the trees we tried transplanting a couple of weeks ago have all shriveled up and look like absolute goners.

I completely understand why the leaves on the transplanted saplings turned brown and wrinkled (even though we have continued to water them) but it seems unfair that the two cut-up sections of the trunk sitting on the concrete floor of the dark garage should sprout new growth that looks so full of life and green optimism.

Nature is fascinating.



Written by johnwhays

June 15, 2022 at 6:00 am

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  1. Re, Nature is fascinating. Hmmmm, in this case! Perhaps, we humans are exasperating – lacking a sense of deep enduring growth and disregarding it so lightly… and so the cut tree would send us a message into the beyond in its coded sense of hope: Native Indians perceived trees as being our forefathers thus having the deepest respect for them. Perhaps, the professionals don’t reflect your understanding, John: the propaganda goes like this; cut down a tree; plant a tree but the odds are against a sapling, which even if it survives will take years to live up to the ‘mother’ tree. As I am sure you have noticed, we don’t know what we have until we lose it.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    June 15, 2022 at 7:29 am

    • Indeed! Our mature trees make all the difference, even as they are constantly being challenged by new growth beneath them looking to compete for nutrients and sunlight.


      June 15, 2022 at 10:53 pm

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