I am cleaning up the house when, under a pile of garden gloves, I find a little sign. On this sign has been written: "Want zij gelooft in mij” (Because she believes in me). Immediately this brings back memories from spring .......
One day in spring my husband asks, "Is the stag’s horn sumach tree -Rhus thypina- always so late in leafs?" To be honest I have no clue. After all, this tree has been in my garden for the last 25 years, so you do not pay attention it is just always there. "Maybe it's the weather," I reply.
A few weeks later… Visitors are coming to see the garden. They too ask: "What about the Rhus typina?" Again I respond: "Maybe it's the weather," The visitors however see it differently. "That tree is dead, only you're still in denial."
Denial? For me every tree gets the chance to see the longest day. But, to avoid all those questions, I buy a little sign and write on it: "Because she believes in me." (that’s the title of a song by a famous Dutch singer Andre Hazes ). I put the sign on a clearly visible place in my Rhus. I trust that will make the visitors silence!
Alas! Early June ...... .. Still no leafs on my tree. I get on my bike and go to a stag’s horn sumach tree nearby. This one is full in leaf. So something is really wrong with my tree. I take the sign off the tree and call 'the man with the chainsaw”.
He arrives on a jiffy. The chainsaw is started and five minutes later, nothing is left of my tree but a huge pile of branches. Instantly it gives a lot of light. But there will be no more beautiful coloured leafs to look at in autumn. No bright red leaves on the green grass….
Funny that a simple sign can create such memories. I wanted to share this with you, because although everything seems to be going well in the garden, behind the scenes something might be going totally wrong!
I wrote on it: "Because she believes in me".
Pictures from my archive...
Beautiful with grasses.
No more red leafs....
...on the lawn.
Spring. What is wrong?
First week of June, no leafs.
I call the man with the chainsaw.....
Five minutes later. No tree anymore.
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