There was much excitement here yesterday. We managed to impulse buy a tree! This was something The Queen of Clean had been muttering about for a year, but we had other more pressing things in the house and garden to attend to.
Well yesterday whilst wandering around our local garden centre we saw this, and how could we resist that lovely orangey/pink foliage? It is a Chinese Paperbark Maple, and slow growing so we could plant quite near to the house.
We had a little team of volunteers to help plant it (Yoyo's 3 friends who live in our road), and now littlest one has taken on the task of watering it every day. A task he is most proud of.
Any tree planting I've witnessed has always been done to mark an occasion or in memory of someone. So The Queen of Clean and I racked our brains for something or someone the tree could be planted for. We were at a loss for someone the children could relate to - even Michael Jackson was suggested at one point.
Needless to say we didn't go ahead with that suggestion.
But then it came to me, this tree is our Family Tree. We plan to be here for a long long time and this tree will mark the time our family called this house and garden our home.
Fingers crossed it makes it - the planting hole was a bit suspect, but now I've attached such significance to it being okay I'm getting a little anxious!