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Image The Old Tree Stump!
By Jacquie F Berger on May 16, 2014

Once Upon a Time there was a beautiful weeping cherry tree on a Christmas Tree Farm in New Jersey. It was a magnificent tree located in front of an old barn where everyone could see. Then one day a big storm came along and the tree was gone.

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ImageSharon
May 17, 2014 8:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
That would be called 'making do', according to my grandmother, making do with what you are given, or the hand you are dealt. Making do.

How beautiful that will be, Jacquie, and what a great idea. It's a little like Phoenix rising from the ashes. Good for you!
Imagenap
May 18, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
So I'm just a little confused. Which is the little bit of holly that you are referring to? And I don't know what cats and kittens are. And is that yarrow? The yellow things?

What a marvelous little garden you have growing to replace your beloved tree. Almost like a little consolation prize. Smiling
ImageZanymuse
May 18, 2014 11:41 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I am sorry you lost your old friend, for that is what special trees become. The planting over the stump is a lovely way to pay homage to its passing.
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ImageJB
May 18, 2014 3:50 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
nap wrote:So I'm just a little confused. Which is the little bit of holly that you are referring to? And I don't know what cats and kittens are. And is that yarrow? The yellow things?

What a marvelous little garden you have growing to replace your beloved tree. Almost like a little consolation prize. Smiling


At the very back of the picture, I am not sure you can even see it on this shot, there is a holly seedling growing. I only noticed it last year and it is already about 6 inches tall. Cats and Kittens are what the old timers where I grew up call hens and chicks. I have no idea what the yellow is, everything was given to me without names. I just planted it. Sorry. I know very little about the different species of ground cover.

Thank you everyone for your nice comments. I will, if I make it through another winter like this past one, take pictures next year of my little memorial and show you.

ImageSharon
May 18, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The yellow is a type of sedum or sempervivum, I think, it isn't yarrow though if it were taller it could look like it. And the holly is beside the second grassy variegated thing on the left. Anyway I can see the holly there.

I think it's beautiful, Jacquie. I also have the stump of an old ash tree that had to be taken down a few years ago. It's rotting now but on it I placed a great big pot and in the pot I put sedum and spurge plus a couple of other things that come back every year. Since it's now rotting I added an iris or two. Soon it will be rotted out though and I 'll have to move the pot.
The iris just bloomed today. The soil around that rotting stump is rich, rich! Not sure you can see the stump in this picture, though.

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Imagenap
May 18, 2014 7:49 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I see what you're showing me, Sharon. Thanks. And your photo is stunning!

Jackie, please do remember to take pictures for us next year. We may forget to ask you for them.
ImageJB
May 19, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Love your stump Sharon. The roots on my old stump make it impossible to dig deep enough for Iris. I would love to try. Maybe I will add just one clump to some potting soil next time I add soil to the stump. Great Idea. Thanks. I wonder if there are other "stumps" out there that people would like to share?
Imagenap
May 21, 2014 2:03 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Ok, sure.

This old stump is on about its last leg. I wonder how much longer we'll be able to place the pot of geraniums on it. We've done this every year for 5 years.

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It always looks so nice when the tiger lilies are blooming.
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ImageSharon
May 21, 2014 2:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Looks like daylily foliage growing behind the stump, Nap. Very pretty!
ImageJB
May 22, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
@nap your stump is beautiful (in my eyes trees and stumps have a certain amount of beauty and some have such style). Am I crazy or just old. Rolling on the floor laughing I love trees and have always loved trees. Have no idea why...maybe in another life I was a bird. Shrug!
Imagenap
May 22, 2014 6:50 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Yes, this old stump of mine does have style. I like that description.

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