Trigger Happy

  They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and they were wrong.  Lurking on the other side of my fence: a restaurant parking lot and two bright street lamps that I consider paying someone to shoot.   That said, I’m excited to announce that I have purchased my first trees in hopes to snuff out the light and remove myself from the service industry.  Oh, and did I mention?  I did for a lot less than I thought possible.

First up: Japanese Snowbell Tree

Grows between 2-3′ a year reaching a height of 30′.  Blooms in the spring-summer, full-partial shade, isn’t a snob when it comes to soil, keeps its room clean, and minds its own business.  This is the kind of tree you want around if you have a small yard and you want a light fragrant aroma.  I picked mine up for just under $35 (3-4′)

Next up: Royal Empress

So this tree is HUGE and grows faster than a teen-aged boy.  It can grow as much as 15′ a year (no joke) reaching a height of 50′ in around 5 years.  It blooms every spring and smells like lavender.  One nice feature about the Royal Empress is that it’s roots won’t take over and the variety that I ordered is said to be non-invasive, insect & disease resistant.  I bought the root start for under $30 and I know that the impatient part of me will enjoy watching this thing take off.

And Last: Tea Olive Shrub

They call it a shrub, but it grows to about 10’tall; growing at a rate of about 2-3′ a year.  Tea Olive blooms from spring to fall and has a  fragrant reputation said to  resemble gardenia, rose, or jasmine.   Another positive is that they thrive when neglected and set me back less than $20 a pop.

If you are interested in picking some up for yourself check out brighterblooms.com .  They deliver to most states and have a wonderful site that will help you make choices you can feel good about.

I’ll keep you posted on when mine get here and share as they grow into something wonderful.

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About Pepper

Being someone who is actively searching for ways to make what I have better I thought it would be useful to share my talents and discoveries with anyone who is interested. So much of what I do is made from things that are easy to access and are perfect projects to spice up a weekend. In the words of Bernice Fitz-Gibbens "Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there." I hope that you will join me each weekend for a little inspiration and fun.
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