We love trees, and it’s always sad to lose one.
We planted this softwood maple ( I can’t remember the name of it) about nine years ago. The label said it was a fast grower, and it was. Too fast.
Some trees that grow too fast don’t always gain the strength they need to withstand the elements. Especially with our winters.
This tree was damaged in an ice storm two winters ago, which caused one of the main stems to crack a little where it meets the main trunk.
Nature can do amazing things so we decided to leave it to see if it would heal itself.
It came down in a thunder storm about a month or so ago.
No… it’s not budging.
So we spent an afternoon cleaning up to use it for future firewood (softwood makes good kindling). I don’t have any more pics of that because I wasn’t planning on doing a post on this.
Until a few weeks later when John came in with this after organizing the pile.
“Can you use this for something? ” he asked, handing it to me.
He knows me well. Some other hubbies might have thrown this on the bonfire pile, but not mine.
Aren’t I a lucky girl?
It was a perfect twisted gift of natural beauty.
No makeover required.
I love it when that happens.
All I did was take off the pointed end with pliers to flatten out the bottom.
A few weeks ago when I posted about my vintage wall planter vase I said I wanted to find more of the same so I can have some flowers on a wall in every room in the house.
Two down… eight to go.
Then I drilled a small hole into the bark to hang it, and added a few artificial pink pretties that I had handy.
I love pink and turquoise together.
This is the summer look.
I’m not doing fall until it officially begins.
The naturally twisted bark is so amazing.
My bark wall pocket is hanging in the narrow corner in the just repainted upstairs hallway (to be shared later) between the bathroom and the guest room.
It’s a nice reminder of that lovely tree.
Sweet and simple. Just the way I’m liking things these days.
Now I’m on the hunt for something long and narrow that will hold water so I can put a few live flowers in this. It has to be easy to remove for adding water. Any ideas?