Friday, 15 April 2016

The Boys' Trees.



At this time of year I probably take more notice of my fruit trees than at any other, apart from when the fruits are ripe.

For my five grandsons, I planted a tree on the very day that they were born. The first (above) was a Plum for Harvey J.


The second was a Cherry for George Henry Günnar.


The third was a Walnut for Ollie.


The fourth was a Pear for Finn.


And (for the moment) the last to be planted was a Peach for Bunny.

All their trees are now in flower, and all should produce fruit for their nominees in autumn.

All the boys will be here this summer, but probably not for when their fruits are around. I shall make some Cherry jam for GHG, but otherwise they shall simply have to admire their unripe bounties.



31 comments:

  1. Such a nice idea, the boys must be very proud and happy to have personal beautiful trees.The summer is almost here.

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    1. They love the idea, but until now Harvey is the only one to have benefited from his own fruit. Lady M made him a Plum Tarte Tatin.

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  2. I have always loved the idea of planting trees for kids and grandkids, I am running out of room so there better not be any more grandkids

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  3. I somehow didn't know you had five grandsons, Cro. I thought you had three. Five is a lot. You need a granddaughter to even things out a bit! :)

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    1. We keep telling Kellogg that. My fingers are crossed.

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  4. What beautiful celebrations of each grandchild's birth. They will certainly admired the fruits and enjoy the cherry jam.

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    1. Cherry jam or bottled cherries even. I'm not sure yet.

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  5. Are George and Finn in Oz?

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    1. Yes, so is Bunny. They're all coming over in July (I think).

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    2. The big 70 I believe! The stone fruit blossom is out here and looking good Cro. Summer is on its way

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    3. Please don't mention that figure... it makes me think that my parents lied about my year of birth.

      Yes, we too are expecting a good Plum, Greengage, and Peach, harvest.

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  6. What a wonderful idea. You must miss your grandchildren, so planting the trees must help to make them feel closer to you.

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    1. I do miss them. They're a really nice bunch of boys.

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  7. Such bounty indeed..lovely.

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    1. Plenty of flowers on them this year, so I'm expecting great things.

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  8. What a lovely idea……wouldn't have room in our garden for that. Nearly 40 years ago, we holidayed on the Isle of Mull and I picked up some long shiny fir cones and brought them home. Once in the dry, they opened up and the seeds dropped out. Being a keen , but novice gardener, I planted them in pots and they grew into tiny fir trees. Some were planted in our then garden in Morpeth ( Northumberland). By that time I had realised that our first born son had been conceived on that holiday, so they were named " Sam's trees" . We brought about 5 of them with us when we moved south, but they were getting too big and they then went to the edge of some woods owned by a friend. I haven't seen them for many years, but they must be quite big by now. I shall try and go and see them this summer…maybe take my son and the grandkids!

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    1. I've just discovered two small Palm trees, that I imagine have self-sown from some fallen seeds. I've potted them, and will decide later what to do with them.

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  9. Lovely idea though Cro - have just found out that I am to be a great grandma for a second time later in the year.

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    1. Great Grandma must be amazing... I'm trilled just being an ordinary Grandpa. Congratulations to all involved.

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  10. May those beautiful trees have long lives. I love how you have the names of each grandson on the branches.

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    1. I'd probably (certainly) forget who's was who's if I didn't mark them.

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    2. Please get a nice slate tag for Bunny.

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  11. Nice tradition. I am happy to hear you will see them all this summer.

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    1. Yes, we can't wait. They all get on very well together too.

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  12. It's grand for each of your grandchildren to have his own tree, which grows as he does.

    Ahh, hoping that some day a little granddaughter will have her tree join the grove.

    Best wishes.

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    1. I do hope so Frances. Not only for me, but for Lady Magnon who can't stop herself from looking in kids shops at 'Pretty frocks' etc. We need a grand-daughter in the family.... and just imagine what attention she'd get!

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  13. We donated a tree to a park when our son died and it's good to go back and see its progress and think of him and and imagine how many people look at the name and wonder, as I do of trees nearby, what those lives held. I planted one in the garden but on Lewis just above the sea without shelter wasn't the most sensible place to do that.

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  14. How very wonderful. I like that they will be coming back to see "their" trees.. Maybe a small mark on the tree when they come so they can watch the growth of their tree when it was planted.

    cheers, parsnip

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