Squirl's Nest

Friday, January 18, 2008

My Christmas Tree

I was asked to show y'all my Christmas tree. It's the Norfolk Island Pine that I bought 14 years ago, for the first Christmas that Ichabod and I were together. As you can see, it almost reaches the ceiling now. I just love it and hope that I can keep it for the rest of my life. :-)

The ornaments are silly, just bows I've collected along the way. But here she is anyway.

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19 comments

Blogger Jenski said...

That's a great idea to have a tree that grows more every year! Is there anyway to prune Norfolk Pines so they grow out instead of up each time they put out new branches? Otherwise, you may find yourself with a while in the ceiling.

Fri Jan 18, 09:58:00 PM  
OpenID whatwasithinking said...

That's a glorious tree! Jif and I have always wanted one of those.

Fri Jan 18, 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger chia said...

Another 4 years and you'll need some vaulted ceilings ;-). Proud friend you have there!

Sat Jan 19, 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

It's lovely, Squirl!

Sat Jan 19, 03:00:00 AM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

Beautiful!! She's very healthy looking. (Let me know what you do when she reaches the ceiling; mine only has about 3 feet to go...)

Sat Jan 19, 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jenski, these trees respond to light. I think that since the top doesn't get much light it's stopped itself from growing up. And I like the idea that I don't have to kill a tree to have my own Christmas tree.

Susie, thanks! These are the coolest trees. You should buy one. They start out so little and cute! They have some weird mutations in how the "fronds", don't know what else to call them, grow. Maybe some day I'll take more pictures to show you. Some will grow really long next to some really short ones. Hey, this is starting to remind me of your spam post. ;-)

Chia, she is proud and she is my wonderful, green friend.

Nick, thanks!

htgt, like I told Jenski, it's started slowing itself down. Have you noticed how it needs light, but indirect is best? Having no light really sets them back. They also need a warm environment. Otherwise I just water it once a week. How long have you had yours? Does it take the same care that mine does?

Sat Jan 19, 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Your tree is beautiful!
We had to get rid of ours when it outgrew our living room. :(

Sat Jan 19, 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I had never seen those trees before I went to the Mall of America. I just love how soft the needles are and how the branch has such a draping look about it. What a great idea for a yearly Christmas tree. :-)

Sat Jan 19, 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

I like that. Where did you get that?? I killed Kora's little tree that her great aunt gave her a few months ago. I didnt mean to. It jsut happened.

Sat Jan 19, 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

WOW! OK, jenski is totally right. What a great idea. That tree is the coolest tree - very Dr. Seuss looking. LOVE IT. LOVE.

Sun Jan 20, 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, I'm sorry you had to get rid of yours. Ichabod tried to talk me into it. But, after four moves of address, it's still with us.

Danielle, they are so drapey, aren't they? And people seem to like to "pet" them.

Tweety, I bought it at a local Meijer's store. It's a grocery/department type store in and around Michigan. Maybe you need to have more confidence in your plant handling skills.

Jim, Seuss-looking. I love that!

Sun Jan 20, 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

It IS Suess-ish!! But lovely!

We planted a spruce in the yard of our first little house out here and decorated it each of the 5 years we lived there. I was SO sad to move away from it, but we still drive by it now and then to see how it's doing. The last time we did, we discovered that the owners have taken it down and poured concrete. :(

Sun Jan 20, 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

That's so cool! And it's a beautiful tree.

Mon Jan 21, 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger von Krankipantzen said...

That's incredible. Your house is like a rainforest.

Tue Jan 22, 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger here today, gone tomorrow said...

squirl, I think I've had it for 3-4 years? I keep it right in front of a southern facing window and water it well once a week. It doesn't seem to like going longer without water. Hmmm. Maybe I'll take it out of that direct sunlight to slow it down. I'd really hate to give it up; it's so primordial looking.

Tue Jan 22, 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, Seuss is cool! Sad to hear about your spruce tree. We had a tree planted at another house, one that's not common around here. The next people who owned the house cut it down. Some people!

Ern, thanks!

Kranki, thanks! We both love plants.

Tue Jan 22, 06:33:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

htgt, oops, we commented at the same time. Yeah, I hope you can keep it from going through your ceiling. They're such cool trees.

Wed Jan 23, 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Now how the hell did I miss this post? Hmmph! I love your tree, and it even lived for me when you were on vacation last summer.

Fri Jan 25, 02:16:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, and for some reason I thought you'd already commented. Hmmm
Yes, it liked you fine. :-)

Fri Jan 25, 08:49:00 PM  

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