The Old Tree Stump!

By Jacquie F Berger (JB) 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.

Cleaning up after a devastating storm is always a sad thing, especially when you loose an old tree that you watched grow into a landmark.  I am sure there are not many weeping cherry trees that lived as long as that one did. It was so special in so many ways and now there is nothing left but a big ugly stump.

We debated removing the stump but the roots were so close to the very old barn that we were sure that would end up being a major problem, so we just cut it down to the ground as far as we could and left it sit to rot. Very depressing memory of a very nasty storm.

In the coming months, instead of throwing the potting soil from dead starter plants in the greenhouse out in the field, I began throwing it on the old stump to try and cover up the unsightly mess.  One day the neighbor, who has a farmers market and many greenhouses dropped off some plants she was going to throw away and ask me if I wanted them.  They were small cuttings and starters of some old sedum. Just what I needed to help hide the stump I thought.  So, I began planting on that old stump and slowly it began to show signs of life and beauty.

Much to my surprise a seedling from the old holly began showing life at the back of the stump. Some cats and kittens and miniture hosta were added. We still have a long way to go, but these views show you what it looks like now. 

I am sure many people have done this over the years to their old stumps, but this was my first attempt and now it is more like a memorial to our old cherry tree rather than just an unsightly old stump.  It is amazing what plants can do to help you recover from a disaster.



For the record, we were lucky all we lost were about 8 or 10 big trees, including our beloved cherry. So many people lost much more.

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May 24th view of the old Stump. JB May 24, 2014 1:15 PM 0
Lovely! Sharon May 22, 2014 6:50 PM 10

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