Saturday, November 9, 2013

future Christmas tree revisited

Remember this tree?

I blogged it last November.
(The link is acting weird in test.)
(Yay! Now that it's published it works for me.)

The tree has grown a lot.

I'm pretty sure it didn't reach the eaves last year.

I'm completely certain it wasn't this wide.

Something must be done. Does this look like a Christmas tree to you?

The fun part will be leaning over the deck railing with the long handled pruners trying to cut it at a length that's not too tall for my eight foot ceilings once it's firmly seated in a five-gallon bucket.

Then all the part that is trying to break through the stair railing can become door decoration and mantel trim, inauthentically mixed with pine cones.

I wonder if it will produce another leader, or if I will have to shape it into a point for next year. At the rate it grew this year, I could have a perpetual supply of Christmas trees.


  1. Love the perpetual christmas tree idea! So cool that this one grows so well.

    We had some scraggly pines growing up that my dad would top, not nearly as nice as yours, but there was something fun about the homegrown aspect even if the results were kinda pathetic.

  2. Pines, at least the ones I'm familiar with, don't have a natural pointy shape once they're past babyhood. This one is going to take some artistic shaping once it's cut, even so. But the bottom part that's trying to take over the steps! I have SHOVE it out of the way to get myself and whatever I'm carrying up the steps there.

  3. You're lucky they grow so fast! We have pines and spruce all over our acreage, but, have never thought of using any as a perpetual Christmas tree!

    1. Well, if you have a lot of them you can just pick and choose. This one (planted too close to the basement steps and the deck in the first place--I think the previous owners must have thought they were getting a dwarf--it is now ready to take over the house if I don't stop it) must be controlled, so it might as well serve as Christmas tree source. It's the only such tree on the half-acre lot of my new (old) house. The pine in the front yard is taller than the house--it's even taller than the utility poles--and the four other evergreens the former owners planted are all dwarfs. Then there are the burr oaks in the back yard, two of them, which obviously were there when the house was built in 1938. I will not be planting any more trees!