Here we are at the beginning of May and my Christmas tree that was cut December 15, 2012 is still alive. The needles are green and resistant to pulling them out.
The tree stood all winter in my back yard after being put outside January 1, 2013. Inside it lived in the living room eight feet from the fireplace blazing almost daily. I do not recommend this by the way. Rarely will a tree stay fresh in the heat of a home.
The tree was sent outside for the birds and my backyard photo studio.
It has gone through days in the seventies and eighties this year, but also weathered days below zero.
Many photos were taken of it in snow, rain and blistering sun.
Many birds overwintered in it. It blew down a couple of times in 50 mph winds. The photo below was after I set it back up. See how flattened it looks?
In previous winters, I worked at my friend’s Christmas tree farm and saw many trees cut and off to new homes. Fraser Fir is known for lasting the Christmas season. My tree is a Concolor Fir and I raised it in my front yard from the time it was three feet tall in 2003.
It grew to a strapping eleven feet and knowing the height and girth these trees get when mature, I always knew it would have to be removed at some point.
I kept cutting it back each fall to keep it small and live longer in the garden. I called it my Concolor shrub. Last year it got a robin family and I was so happy for it and the robins.
See the robin flying to the tree above, beak full of nesting material?
I will miss it and always thought a new tree would replace it to also become a Christmas tree.
It was hard cutting it down, like an old friend leaving, so no new conifer will be grown.
But oddly, this tree has not dropped needles. I was planning on using the needles to mulch the garden, but it does not look like that will happen for a while yet. I guess I can have Christmas in July the way the tree is hanging on. It has not had water since it was inside either, so I have no idea why it remains green and fresh. The photo below was taken yesterday. It really makes one wonder how long a cut tree will last.
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