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The Venerable Holly Tree

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When we moved in, we found that we have an unkept, unmanageable holly plant right next to our driveway. In fact, it was encroaching the driveway and threatening any vehicle parked there. Mr. M wanted to cut it down and destroy it. I would have none of it. I believe that the Holly is a special plant. I have just enough Irish in me, to respect the Druids’ tree beliefs. Not only that, the Holly has special significance to Christians. It is believed to have been part of the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head. Finally, I am loathe to cut down and destroy any tree. So I set out to save the holly tree. It was a LOT of work.  I used my handy dandy folding pruning saw that I bought at a garage sale for 75 cents!

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Summer Shape Up

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Dwarf apricot tree photo by Toni Martinez
Dwarf apricot tree

In my small yard I have an abundance of fruit trees, including several types of citrus, banana, and stone fruits. Most of my stone fruit trees are dwarf trees because I want them to fit better in a more confined space.

This year I noticed that the trees produced far less fruit than last year. Read the rest of this entry »