Tuesday, April 04, 2006
It’s Arbor Day at the RJ Ranch…
Or should I say Arbor Week
A couple of months ago we picked up a copy of a The Exchange from our local diner. In it was an ad from the Spokane County Conservation District offering trees (seedlings) for sale. The prices were relatively inexpensive so we bought a “few” trees (40 to be exact), plus the planting mix and tubes to protect our young charges from the local residents (deer).
We traveled to Spokane this last week to pick them up. Upon arrival the place was bustling with people looking at plants and paying for their purchases. Our order was neatly bundled and they began loading the trees and planting mix in the truck. I was amazed that all 40 seedlings were in one bag. I’m not sure what I expected. Maybe the word “seedling” had me confused.
There were boxes of unsold plants lining the walls (all begging to be taken home). How could we resist? We bought an additional 20 plants without considering that each had to be planted individually necessitating digging of holes, hauling of planter mix, tubes and deer repellant over uneven and rocky terrain in search of a “soft” spot among the rocks.
Last weekend Roger and I began placing the little darlings in their new homes. We planted 24 the first day. For those of you who are not quick at math, we have 36 left to plant. One day, hopefully in our life time we will see our beautiful botanical garden emerge…that is if the deer doesn’t eat it first.
Oh yes, the photos are not from our purchase at S.C.C.D. We went out after I posted the above information and purchased 10 more plants/trees. Have we have lost our minds? Probably...