Well, maybe the title exaggerates a bit. But the first of the orchids has come into bloom and it’s a lovely Cattleya.
The orchids seem to thrive on living out on the deck in the summertime and then coming to a table the sunlit laundry room for the winter. At least one of the other orchids is budding up nicely.
I went out this week on an annual run to purchase a living Christmas tree. As for the last 5 years or so, I drove to Taneytown, about 40 min away, to visit Sewell’s Farm where they specialize in both cut and live Christmas trees. I was disappointed that despite what the web site said they didn’t have any White Pines or Douglas Fir, only Colorado Spruce, Norway Spruce, and Concolor Fir. I ended up with a Colorado Spruce which I think will actually be quite nice for a change. I don’t like the prickly branches of the spruces, but the Colorado is nicer than the Norway and they are actually very pretty trees. The bluish tint and the way the needle’s curl seems to make them appear decorated even before we’ve started. Plus they smell very nice as well.
Putting up a live tree is an ongoing tradition for us which I described in posts last year (Our First Christmas Tree and Christmas Trees Redux). Every year is a little bit different challenge of lifting and shoving to get it in place, but we like sharing the Christmas morning with a living tree.
We had a great Thanksgiving celebration up in Boston. But on our return I found that we had been visited not just by deer (that happens all the time) but by a very angry deer. Our poor Coralbark Maple was totally demolished.
I haven’t got anywhere on the property where I’ve seen this kind of destruction. It’s almost as though they were angry that they couldn’t get into the garden anymore. I had only just planted the maple this year. I doubt that I can take back to the nursery and say that it just didn’t grow… 🙂