Drop Branch Murphy
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- North Georgia/lived in MA until 2009
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It was 80 F yesterday and, based on the extended forecast, spring seems to be here to stay. I was out in the garden this morning and decided to take some pictures since everything is popping right now. It was a hard winter for my collection. The oak tree that fell last December flat out killed what may have been my best tree and damaged many more, broke some expensive pots, as well as destroying or damaging most of my benches. The upside down weather we've had in February and March took it's toll as well... lost my sweet shohin gogi berry semi cascade and all of the cuttings I started from it, and I'm currently watching one of my collected Rocky Mountain junipers suffer a slow death (moved it out of turface and into Clay King and a better pot health wise a year ago and it grew well last year- go figure). My 18 year old daughter was an infant the last time I lost trees of this quality and it nearly made me quit the hobby. Here's the deal, though... you can't play this game and not expect to take some losses from time to time. Anyway, the pay back is on a day like today when I can see the upside to this hobby. The benches are rebuilt and most of my trees are growing well and enjoying the warm weather. Most are long term projects... losing the red pine and gogi berry hurts because they were my most show ready trees. Still, I'm in this for the long term and really enjoy the process... it's the journey, right.