The ground was frozen, so I ended up planting most of the order together temporarily over our septic tank, where the rising heat made for some softer soil. The second shipment arrived today. I’ll need to wait until the storm passes to plant those beside the others. A representative from Arbor Days said they should be fine, since they’re dormant, until spring. I watered the root balls and said goodnight to the landscape, already covered in a soft blanket of snow.
Our order from Arbor Days arrived yesterday – the same day the house officially went on the market. I felt it was worth mentioning the quality of the trees and shrubs. The trees are of decent size and all look healthy, though currently dormant. I am impressed considering the cost at Arbor Days is very affordable. I recommend them for any back-yard permaculture enthusiasts.
The girls and I planted our bulbs around a maple we planted when we first moved here. I’m eager for spring to see the beautiful tall flowers come up, if we’re still here.
I didn’t realize how attached I am to this project. It’s really stressing me out to think someone might come in and completely disregard all we’ve done here. The guilds dot the landscape and without their trees, they likely won’t make sense to most conventional thinkers. Or maybe that’s where I’m falling short – in my faith in other humans to appreciate this land, no matter how small, as a part of something larger. If they can appreciate Grandmother Maple, they can learn to appreciate the fertile ground beneath each guild.