This Christmas Tree has graced our cottage before. It’s a real live tree, not an artificial one we store away in a box. Every few years we retrieve this tree from the south field. We cut it down over and over and again it graces out cottage once again with its presence. The ghost of Christmases past.
Hope and the Repeating Christmas Tree
This tree is a regen. Every five years or so we return to the source, the stump. It keeps putting up new leaders which grow into fine, dense new spruce Christmas trees. Presto, a Christmas tree farm on a stump – Rinse and repeat!
The trick is leaving some branches low down. One of these will turn into the new leader on the tree, turn upward and become the next Christmas tree in a few years. By leaving some branches they give the roots a chance to continue growing and provide the buds for the future. Since this tree is in the middle of an open field it grows very densely rather than tall and spindly like it’s forest brethren.
Outdoors: 26°F/14°F Mostly Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F
Daily Spark: Gravity has never let me down. I like dependable predictibility.