You might remember last fall I was so excited about the three trees that we planted. (read about that here) We had gotten the trees through the Alliant Energy Releaf program. It was awesome. We only paid $25 per tree. The Burr Oak didn’t look the best but the two Sugar Maples looked awesome.
Fast forward to present day…the Burr Oak looks awesome and the two Sugar Maples…not awesome. We can’t figure out what happened. They both had buds…granted they were late but buds. The one got leaves and died..the other the leaves have slowly been dying. There are all sorts of branches that don’t have leaves either.
We were do disappointed. All spring we watched those two trees hoping they would make it. We finally gave up.
Ever since we bought the house I had wanted a Willow tree. Hubby said they aren’t appropriate for town. I said as a grandma I’d love to have one so the kids can play under the huge canopy of shade…He said no. Then the cheap trees from Alliant were available and they didn’t have Willows so I dropped it. We got our two Sugar Maples and one Burr Oak. I was content with them.
The two trees died and we went to replace them. Hubby (yes Hubby) suggested we get a Willow. WHAT?? I had given up on the Willow fight. I asked what had changed his mind. He told me to follow him to the alley and he pointed out a neighborhood tree….
He said that Willow is in town and he thought is looked good.
Well GLORY BE! He came over to my side of thinking.
We ended up at the nursery and had to pick out trees…. Looking at prices I wasn’t sure what we’d get. We ended up with…
a Celebration Maple….and a Willow.
That’s my Willow in the foreground and Hubby is by the Maple.
Of course while planting them the wheel barrow ended up with a flat tire.
We are both happy with the Willow.
My son Buck called home and I told him we planted a Willow…His reply, “Man Dad is getting soft”. Yep, he kinda is and I love it!
I hope this ends the tree saga and that these two take off.