I ordered fruit trees, nut trees, grape vines, berry plants, and some landscaping plants last fall to be delivered this spring. Originally they were to be delivered in the middle of March. I figured that wouldn’t work as the ground might still be frozen so I pushed it back to the middle of April.
The fruit shipment
Yesterday the shipment arrived, literally minutes after I finished reading an article about how the weather in Michigan is going to be much colder the next two weeks. So rather than plant all of the material in this shipment this weekend as I had originally planned, I am going to pot them or plant them in trays, and keep them in the barn until it gets slightly warmer.
So this afternoon I went into emergency mode, trying to figure out what I needed to be able to plant everything and keep it in the barn. I think I have enough containers and my wife picked up a bunch of aluminum baking trays from Dollar Tree to plant the berries and grape vines temporarily. I am hoping I have enough buckets for the trees. I also went to Tractor Supply and bought some Sphagnum moss and a couple bags of compost soil. I also went to Costco and got some more potting soil, I am hoping I have enough.
The real kicker today was the second delivery I received. A couple hours after the fruit delivery was made by Fedex, a UPS truck rumbled up the driveway. The driver left two boxes next to the barn door and as soon as I saw them, I knew what they contained. My brain flashed back to last fall, when I contacted the company from whom my dad had always bought our bare root evergreen trees. I inquired about obtaining 100 Colorado Blue Spruce and 100 Norway Spruce in the largest size they had, which was the 10-16″ range. They sent me an invoice for which I don’t ever remember sending a check. My wife believes I did, but at this time that is neither here nor there. A couple weeks ago I remembered the “order” and since I under the impression that a check had not been sent I emailed an apology and asked that if they still had trees in that size. I told them I would be interested in 100 only of the Colorado Blues and that I would pass on the Norways for this year. As of this time I have not received a reply to that email. They had always been hard to get a hold of, and I understand that this time of year they must be unbelievably busy. But, today I received all 200 trees.
This weekend rather than planting fruit trees, I will be potting them, and if I am lucky I will be planting evergreens. The Spruces are more hardy, and shouldn’t be affected by the colder temperatures. They are from a nursery in Michigan so they should be hardy to the temperatures. The fruit trees are from Missouri, and some have budded so I am more worried about them.
If you happen to live local to me, and are interested in a few spruce trees, let me know. I definitely don’t need all of them and I will sell them to you at a very reasonable price. Fortunately I have help coming Saturday afternoon, but we also have other things going on this weekend.
Wish me luck, this weekend is going to be crazy.
All of the plants