Friday, April 25, 2014

Happy Arbor Day!

My Redbud tree bloomed this year for the first time. I grew it from seed collected on Cleveland Avenue, which has many Redbuds. Germination involved boiling water (how does Mother Nature do it without a kettle?).

 I wrote about "My Little Redbud Tree" four years ago, when it was a seedling. Last year, it was taller than me and I am just thrilled to see these flowers, that emerge before the heart-shaped leaves!

Plant propagation has been one of my interests for more than 30 years, but this is my first success with a tree. I recommend learning how to "grow your own" as both fun and a way to save money.



  1. Did you get a T-shirt ????

  2. Congratulations Berncie !! I've done well with cuttings...seeds.....ehhh ... never delved into it.

  3. Susan Lattimore-JacksonApril 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Well done, Bernice. Wow, from seedling to blooming tree. Everyone should try this, especially if they have young children and mark the growth of the tree, as the children grow up. Sounds like a great project.

  4. Congrats on the redbud. Any sign of your Angelica from last year?

    1. I took your advice and uprooted it. Otherwise, as you said, I would have a million of them!