Third Time’s the Charm?

You know I can’t look at a caterpillar, crepe myrtle or ash tree without conjuring up some kind of analogy.  And you know I can’t resist the urge to write it down and make you read it!  So, here I go again.

Not much to see in the photo… because there’s not much to see on the tree.

We bought this ash tree three springs ago, and of all the trees we planted at the barn, this was one the largest and cost the most.  They’re fast growers, so this was going to be the big cheese.  See the big “trunk” in the middle?  That all died last year, and I chopped it off right above what you see in the photo.  See those two “trunks” off to the side.  They were the amazing shoots that came from the base and actually grew more than six feet last summer.  That’s all apparently dead.  See those little tiny green sprouts?  Those are this year’s “trunks” where I’m placing my hope.

Here’s an analogy:   Don’t expect maturity over night.  The best trees in my yard are the ones that started small without grand expectations being put upon them.

Here’s another:  Sometimes we just get knocked down, and we have to keep clawing our way back from the ground up.  Hang in there.  We’ll eventually make it.

Another:  Three strikes, you’re out.  Ash tree… I’m thinking you’d better make a showing this year, and next April you’d better leaf out on your existing branches!

2 Responses to “Third Time’s the Charm?”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Don’t get me started on Ash trees. I had one in Phoenix and it always had dead branches in the top of it and shoots coming up at the bottom. It was a huge tree and the ugliest on the block. Finally, I had it chopped down. I probably wouldn’t give it until next April……It also spit juice from their leaves and
    it was planted next to the driveway where cars parked.
    Don’t mean to be negative, but that is my experience with an Ash tree.

  2. Sandy says:

    Ha! I love it! Thanks for the “experience”, Marcea. I may go tree shopping this week!

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