Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I Break for Trees

I spent most of yesterday's holiday on the sofa with my book club's current pick while awaiting the arrival of trees and tree products.

Every year a co-worker shares the trimmings from her bay laurel with our staff.  This year, not only did she have bay leaves, she had a bay tree for me as well.  Exciting!  She was going to bring it to work for me on Sunday, but only the leaves made it.  The tree was too big for her car.  Yikes!  I wondered what I had gotten myself into.  I hadn't realized that bay laurels got that big, but I have wanted my own bay tree for a while, so when she suggested bringing the tree by in her truck on Monday I happily agreed.  

I didn't really know what time my co-worker would be by, so I made a point of getting out of bed at a reasonable hour just in case.  Good thing I was up. When I checked my email there was a note from L at Sleeping Cougar Acres.  She has a friend who mills lumber, and I had ordered some rough cedar from him.  There's a veggie garden in the works folks!  Anyway, her note was to inform me that she'd be by with my lumber later in the day. 

As I really didn't know when to expect my deliveries, I felt that starting any of the projects on my never-ending list would be pointless.  I'd just get going and have to break for trees.  No hardship there.  It was a cloudy, rainy day.  Just the kind of day to sit on the sofa with a good book waiting for generous friends with trucks to bring goodies for my soon-to-be garden. 


  1. Oh I've always wanted a bay laurel! How big is it exactly? Are they tough to care for?

  2. Hi Samantha,
    It's about 5 feet tall, which is about twice as big as I was expecting. I thought I was getting a shrub, but they arrived with a tree. Surprise! I guess that they needed a truck to deliver it should have been a hint. I keep forgetting that things grow much, much bigger here than back in Windsor.

    I really don't know how to care for it, though I understand it will need regular pruning. I'll have to learn as I go. I had no idea that my co-worker had a plant for me until she called to let me know they were bringing it, so I haven't done any homework yet!

  3. if you end up with a surplus of leaves.....

  4. ...I know where to find you Sheron!


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