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Monday, January 23, 2017

photophiles please ignore this post

Just adding some photos here for another purpose as I don't have a better place.  


2 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love this!!! I think the little birds are the best part. I could see my kids searching the tree to find them. Now I want to keep an eye out for some...

I am also impressed that you kept your tree alive so long! Although, I finally figured out that rust in my tree stand may be part of the problem.

Thanks for the pics!!!

Natalia said...

Hi, Lindsay! I found the birds at the local thrift store. They have a strong clip at the bottom so they can sit on a branch rather than hanging like a decoration, and also they have a hole in the bottom so if you place a tree light in them, they glow. I hadn't placed mine like that so they're not glowing. (The china is slightly translucent.)

As far as the tree surviving, we get it cut at a tree farm as we watch and take it straight home and into water. If you can do this within the first hour or two so a "scab" doesn't form on the cut surface they will live a long time. Of course you also have to not forget to keep the water up or a scab can still form. The scab prevents any further water from being absorbed. Maybe some varieties last longer too. I hadn't heard about rust being an issue but it makes sense. This year I put plant food in the water too, though I can't really measure whether it helped much, but it sure couldn't hurt. 6 1/2 weeks after cutting it is still flexible and only dropping a few leaves.