Outside the Age of Money

A man I met in front of the first corporate shipment of fruit trees a while back promised me a beautiful hardy red hibiscus seedling. He delivered right to my job!

I promised him an apple seedling I started at the same time. He came back the next day and picked up his apple seedling.

It sparked interest at work and I promised my last apple seedling and my spare Medjool date palm seedling. Treeseed is ready to start more treeseeds.

At lunch I found an Apache Plume (Falluvia paradoxa) seedling near the curb and pulled it up. I wrapped its remaining root in damp paper towels and got it home safely. Today it is potted in native soil and hopefully recovering in my south window. I’ll water it sparingly.

Apache Plume is a member of the rose family with edible cousins like apples. The bees love it but rabbit and deer do not. I love it for the tiny white flowers and pink plumes of the seed heads. I am creating honey bee habitat.

I also collected Chamisa (Ericameria nauseosa) seeds and will sow then on the driest part of my hill in a bit. This stunning shrub seems to be disrespected by local folks but it is drop dead gorgeous in bloom. Eaten by pronghorn antelope, rabbits, and mule deer. The birds, butterflies, and bees take their dinner at the same plate.

I have been busy giving and receiving. The best of all possible worlds.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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