Instant Gum Tree Grove

Last week I mentioned the little grove of transplanted trees we put in. A few days later, I found that all the leaves were gone and I couldn’t even see the stems anymore. I thought the transplanting had failed and felt a bit frustrated that it came apart so quickly.

Last night I took a closer look and found that it was probably rabbits that destroyed my little trees. The stems were still there but nipped off at the tops and where the leaves attached. Those little stinkers! I will leave the electric fence there to keep the goat from contributing to the carnage, and hope that next year the roots will sprout new growth.

In the mean time, we got the three Black Gum trees delivered and planted. They are also protected with an electric barrier and are way too big to worry about hungry lagomorphs. (Yes, I was going to say “rodents” but double-checked and found that rabbits do not belong to the rodent family after all.)

I am imagining a future in which these three trees tower over the barn and a flock of six or eight fluffy sheep lounge peacefully in the shade of the gum grove. Doesn’t it just make you go, “Ahhhh”? If it does, maybe you are an animal farmer at heart, like me.

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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3 Responses to Instant Gum Tree Grove

  1. And I’d never heard the word lagomorph — now I know that’s what bunnies are. Very food oriented, those little guys! I do like your new trees and the vision of them towering over the barn, while sheep graze nearby. Bless your little farm and all your sweet writings that never fail to make me smile.

  2. bluestempond says:

    Thanks, Stephanie. I like yours as well. In these turbulent times, focusing on the farm is the only thing that keeps me from freaking out!

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