I’m still in “tree mourning” and it has been 4 days.
Ten years ago I planted a Tulip Tree in my yard, the first of my mini-Carolinian forest. It is native to the area however is a rare find as are many of the Carolinian trees that “should” be found this far north.
On Friday, the high winds brought a big branch down from my neighbour’s tree and it sliced the trunk of my Tulip tree in two.
After the tears and the anger I started thinking about how I could honour the tree by using the wood. Rick was going to turn some pieces for me but sadly the trunk was cut pretty much vertically along the slice. I thought that I might replace a beautiful branch that I had in my yard for years (just an old branch, with a smaller branch sticking out, stuck in the ground)—the birds loved sitting on it—but unfortunately the neighbour cleaned up the tree for us and he cut off all the branches.
I might just clean it up and stick it in the corner of my house somewhere as a piece of art or maybe it could be used in the creation of a shelf or something… not sure what.
I haven’t looked at it closely yet. It still hurts too much. I wrote about the tragedy here: http://grandmumsgarden.postach.io/tulip-tree
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)