Yesterday's post was about the new arboretum that they are developing in Aden. The photo above gave me a cheap reminder of the cheap thrill I got when wee looked at the trees in January 2015.
Profession planters - people who get paid to plant trees and select trees and so on - the sort of job I ought to be doing (and would if it paid near as well as the oil industry) - professionals and still several of the trees are dead - as a doornail - as the liveCchristmas tree we used Xmas 2013 and never recovered to become yet another expensive twig. Yep professionals often get it wrong too (if the display in Aden is to be believed.
Of the ten trees that are close to the path above (you can't see a couple of them on the right) three are deader than Deady McDead on the Deadwood stage.
"But surely!" says you, "These are merely trees that are dormant for the winter."
"Ah," says I in my best pirate voice for some unknown reason, "These be conifers - quite clearly from ye olde shape."
"But surely," you retorts, "Youg sir, these mayst be like the larch - a conifer and yet, concurrently deciduous."
"Ah me hearties," I bluseters, "Like as be good squire but just ye clap your eyes on yon pair of fine photies below."
You see these are both labelled Sequoiadendron giganteum - that is they are both giant redwoods - both - clearly labelled - both were destined to grow 300 foot high both were within fifty feet or so of each other and yet one is green and lush and the other iis destined to be daisy food in the very near future. Just think a few of these trees could grom to be ,500 years old (as some in Califormia are). They could still be around in the year 5500. Some one looking at that tree then would be as close to us in time as we are to the Pharoah Tutmose - who live a hundred years before Tutankamen - we'd be closer in age to Tutankamen than someone looking at that tree is to us. And I've seen the tree that that hyptothetical person in 5500 AD is looking at.
Now that truely is planting for the future.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees
whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
-- Greek Proverb
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity."
-- Alexander Smith
"He that plants trees loves others beside himself." -- Thomas Fuller
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
-- Nelson Henderson
"If I thought I was going to die tomorrow,
I should nevertheless plant a tree today."
-- Stephan Girard
So why a thrill- well it kind of gladden me to know that even professional get it wrong. overall I reckon that about 1/4 of the trees I have planted in Tipperty have disappeared with out trace - either into the stomachs of rabbits or into the flames of a bonfire after they have dies. If we looked at perennial plants as a whole I reckon that at least half - probably closer to 3/4 - have shuffled off this mortal coil earlier than they should have - so, I was just thrilled to know that perhaps my performance isn't so bad - even professional growers lose some substantial, well cared for, well chosen trees.
I always hate losing trees - they are expensive but it isn't that - it's a philosophical thing. When a tree dies because you didn't root it right, or because the rabbits got to the bark or just because... you feel like you have killed something majestic and stately - something that would have outlived you and should have outlived you - it just doesn't feel right even if I now know that it happens to even the best of them
Ho hum - this post has gone smirky smirk to bloody miserable in a couple of words.
Oh well - tomorrow is another day - or potentially the first of another 1.28 million days for one of these giant redwoods.... 1,280,000 days potentially - that's 2* as many days as the average person has hours in his life. 1.28 millions days stretching out ahead of you. Now that is something to look forward to.