November 1, 2013
I am in tree mourning. I have shed tears. I have not yet passed through the anger stage.
We’ve been having some pretty severe winds last night/this morning and part of the neighbour’s tree came down and has taken out my tulip tree.
We planted the tulip tree, the first of my Carolinian Forest, in 2002 or 2003, making it about 10 years old (on my property). We had read that it should flower after seven years and so each spring we search the branches for that first “tulip” blossom. It won’t be blossoming in 2014.
Perhaps this one will live but it is now about half the height it was, losing the main trunk. I might replace it (or adding a second…. somewhere) but the waiting would begin again. And as I type this, it just wouldn’t be the same. At this point, I think it will be a “used to have”.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)