About this time last year I transplanted a redbud tree from one location in my yard to another. At first, the transplant process appeared to be a success. The tree put forth some pretty little flowers followed by some leaves. Eventually, however, the leaves all dropped. I called the “Master Gardeners” at our local botanical gardens and they said I shouldn’t give up hope; the tree might just be in shock from having been transplanted. Sure enough, a short time later the tree sprouted new leaves on new branches (the leaves on the old branches never came back). But then the deer ate the new leaves. That brave redbud put forth more leaves, but the deer got them too. Autumn came and I just crossed my fingers that the little redbud tree would come back the following spring.
Well, spring is officially here and that redbud is officially dead.
I’m beginning to feel that this is “oops” week at the ol’ Yikes Money house between the dead redbud and the disastrous pesto project.
Anyhow, Mark and I knew we wanted to replace the redbud with another tree, so we shopped around and after considering lots of options, we bought another redbud. This may seem unimaginative, but the new redbud is a little bit special. It’s called ‘Hearts of Gold’ and its leaves are a fantastic chartreuse color.
This little tree with its unexpected leaf color just seems to pop. I love it.
We even got the tree on sale. Well, sort of. A local nursery was offering 50% off select trees and this redbud was included in the sale. Unfortunately, however, Charlie and I went together to buy the tree and somehow in the process of hauling the tree across the nursery and endeavoring to pay for it while ensuring that Charlie didn’t destroy every other plant in sight, I got overcharged. I paid full-price and didn’t realize it until I got home. One email and three phone calls later, I got it all sorted out and the manager of the nursery has promised to send me a check for the difference.
So what about you? Are you thrilled with something you’ve planted recently?