Trees aren't my speciality either.
So I must confess, I am a little amazed at how well my Earth Day tulip tree is doing. I picked up this tree (well, it was a stick at the time) at Indy's Earth Day Festival and I placed it in a bag of water until Mother's Day when I decided to take a chance and replace one of my trees that died in the drought with this little guy....I'm a little afraid of how well it's doing. Within no time the tree began to bud and bloom and it's grown faster than I ever thought possible. I mean, it's been my understanding that trees aren't easy. They can be deceptively beautiful and then turn on you. Yes, it's the state tree which means it "should" do well...but I "should" eat broccoli too and I don't, so why shouldn't a tree have a mind of its own?
When I was a kid, I planted a pine tree that was promptly killed in a freak lawn mower accident and at one point I was determined to build Narnia in my yard with the seeds from those helicopter things that fall from the trees each spring. (Sadly, my mother wouldn't let me water the forest with the hose and my dream of living in the woods was over before the first sapling emerged from the Earth. Needless to say, I am thrilled with the current development and I am in hopes that my little guy can survive an Indiana winter and come out strong.
It gives me a good feeling to think that I started this tree at such an early stage and that as it grows, perhaps I will be able to share the story of its planting with future generations....it just goes to show that sometimes, you have to "give trees a chance."