Waiting for Birch to Arrive

Waiting for Birch to Arrive

Arrived at the allotment site quite early and set myself up in my shed with the door firmly closed.

The wind and rain lashed against the wood as I tried to stay warm inside. I’m waiting for my birch trees to arrive but all I’m told by the online nursery is they will arrive at some point “either Monday or Tuesday”. I’m in for the long road with a book, packet of sandwiches and a flask of tea.

Two hours later I receive a text to say the delivery van will be with me “in 15 minutes”. I make my way out into the cold midday air and walk against the rain I head for the site gates to wait.

I took the parcel from the delivery van and headed back to my shed, the rain not as fierce as before. I unwrap the parcel and three beautiful trees fall out. Their roots very dry and their leaves even dryer, I put them into a wheelie bin of freshly drawn water.

April 2018: Birch trees having a well-earned drink in a wheelie bin.

When buying trees I prefer bare-rooted plants rather than pot grown. With bare-rooted trees they would have only recently been dug up rather than a tree in a pot which could be suffering from being-pot bound.

They can stay in water for a few days in order to get a really good soaking. I’ll plant them later in the week, when hopefully the weather improves.

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