Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday musings and media

in which our plucky heroine has faith in the future...

Yesterday the quince tree was planted in its forever home, on the south side of Acorn Cottage. This narrow area gets a lot of sunshine, particularly in the summer. My hope is that the tree will be happy here, and will provide beautiful flowers, wonderful fruit, and a small amount of shade. This Smyrna quince, which naturally grows only 8 to 15 feet tall, should be amenable to my plan to keep the size of the tree accessible without the use of ladders by careful pruning to about six feet tall.

A closer view of the baby tree, showing where it was pruned just prior to being planted. I have been following the principles set out in "Grow A Little Fruit Tree", which is a very helpful book about how to train trees that can be reached from the ground, and in ways that work well for urban yards. The three "branches" will hopefully end up as the basic structure of the future tree. As alarming as this pruning appears, it is more unkind to plant a potted tree with a great disparity between the aboveground growth and the size of the root ball in the pot. With luck, and supplemental water for the first two years or so, my dream of a quince tree for the steading will become reality...

Log Cabin Mitts, pair #3 "skystone cabachon"; inspired by my recent fabricated turquoise pendant. This pair is all scrap/stash yarn in unsweetened chocolate and warmish grey, with a log cabin center of a scrap of Noro Kureyon turquoise webbed with brown. I seem to want to keep knitting these, but after this pair I may have enough… I can stop anytime... yeah...


Excerpts from an audio interview with Leonard Cohen in 1974:


March SMART goals (x=extra)
1 stone wool mitts hook added to mirrorside-
2 - quince tree planted-
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  1. I also have been planting fruit trees according to 'Grow a Little Fruit.' We have two plum trees and a peach tree that are two years old, and one cherry tree that was also planted 2 years ago. A second cherry was replaced last fall as the original sapling did not make it through the first winter. I am looking forward to seeing how this method of growing fruit trees works out over time. Best of luck to you and your quince!

  2. Greetings mystery person! I am excited to hear that someone other than just me is trying out the little fruit tree systems. In some ways it is a variation on espalier methods, only in 3D, as that also does specific pruning for specific effects. I am hopeful as well.