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Sunday, May 17, 2009

In memory of a magestic tree!

You know this is sick when I am mouring a tree...but I find myself doing it more and more when I see senseless destruction! This morning, I did a few ATC sized prickly pear things...but they did not meet the cut in my eyes...so I tried a larger paper and started drawing and then used Sharpie pens to draw it out and fill in. It is very basic, but conveys my feelings.

Wanted to show you my one pad that I planted in the front garden between all my kalenchoes! It was all curled up, but was the most perfect green one I could find in what was left along side of the road after it was cut down and taken away. See it in the middle there!

Claude from "Random Rants and Prickly Plants" said the tree could regrow if the root was left in place! Better than that, it has 4 ft of trunk still in place! I wonder if it will grow again??? Now I am excited to see! Thanks, Claude! Here is a close up of my pad.

19 comments:

Claude said...

Four foot of trunk? It's definitely coming back. Unless the crew that cut it down was really really intent on killing it and put something like salt in the roots... Your pad looks fine, you should have roots and new growth within a month or two. If it grows like mine, you'll have a lot of growth the first two years, then it'll start slowing down.

Florida Sue said...

Julie why did they cut it down? I feel sad when I see any tree destroyed. I hope that the pad grows for you. Now that would ease the senselessness a little. You are such a talented artist and it has been amazing to watch your progress.

Teri C said...

I love your quote Julie, 'made by God, destroyed by man' and great way to depict it.

This sure looks like a healthy pad!

Julie said...

Claude- I am so happy now! Thanks for the info!

Sue- well, thanks...although I still would not consider myself an artist!!! No way.

Teri!!! Hi!!!

Outside In said...

That is a great thing you are doing to save it and I hope it will survive.

Pudgeduck said...

Great card! We consider you an Artist-no matter what you say!

soulbrush said...

it looks so healthy and ready to just GROW, come on little tree, come on! btw, i am not able to leave any comments on 'outside in's blog, is it the same for all of you?

Dee said...

That is so sad- but it will grow back from the trunk and your pad should grow just fine. I've had pads fall off and root where they landed. I love your drawing- truly wonderful!

Pea said...

touching post! I like your quote!Its nice that you are giving it life again!

marianne said...

ahh poor tree............
Hope your pads will root soon and grow up just like their mother tree

Happy cactus Monday!

ps beautiful tribute for this tree!

Diane C. said...

That tree must have been beautiful, your ATC certainly is. What a shock it must have been to see the tree cut down. Your post is a touching tribute to an amazing prickly pear.

soulbrush said...

btw your compliments about my art almost overwhelmed me...thanks so much julie, you are a darlink!

deepazartz said...

Even I loved thr Quote, Julie. Thats the first thing I noticed; and thts so True! Your sketch is fine! And I do pray that it grows and brings smile on your face (n heart!)

I cried when my trees had to be cut down, when they became a threat to the foundation of our house. I even took planks from it and kept it in my room in its memery. I even wrote a short story to alleviate the pain:(

Now cheerin up
HCM!

studio lolo said...

I have a friend who owns a landscaping and garden design business and she hates cactus and succulents. I tell her she's a snob!
This is a very cool tribute to that tree Julie :)
HCM!

Margaret Ann said...

What a travesty! I have seen some of those huge trees...they are magnificent...Yours will do well...lots of love around your place will make it grow right quick!!! HCM! :)

Bobbie Lynn said...

That is sad. Maybe you will be able to start a new one in your yard. Good Luck with it. I think it may take root but keep us posted.

Aiyana said...

Nice tribute card. It will take about 15-20 years (at least it does here) to grow an Indian Fig of that size. You're on your way!
Aiyana

yoon see said...

Beautiful! Simple but engaging cactus piece.
I feel so connection here, your cactus piece speaked to me.
I hope the cactus will rest in peace in heaven.

Lately, a similar pricly pear at my student's house had been chooped down due to massive renovation....
I just hope they keep it but.....
I was so sad and I did posted it on my blog. I have the same feeling like your...

Judi said...

Julie
Thank goodness you found the root when you did. Thats just awful. Why would they do something like that...surely someone would have wanted it. Oh dear.
I hope the one you and your mom retrieved will do really well.
have a nice evening...and I know you are in Germany right now..
Judi