It’s the hardest thing to do in the garden. Especially for someone like me, who doesn’t have a single earth sign in her astrological chart. I’m so dang happy when anything grows that cutting a branch, even a dead blossom, takes some thought. But Kelly had said Gloria needed a single stem to thrive, so up the hill I went with my clippers and the camera and the water bucket.

It was done in a couple of seconds: SNIP. Done.



I did feel a need, afterward, to sit there a while and shape the mud around her roots into a better dam, to hold the dripping water. I told her she had a lovely little shape, really, for a small tree. And that her needles seemed shiny and spiky and tough, for such a small tree.

Together, we admired the view she has of the pasture, horse and dogs, kind of a feathery chartreuse sentinal seeing all the comings and goings of the wild turkey and her one fat baby and the quails and dragonflies and blackbirds and thrushes.

Together, we also gave a nod to the skeletal remains of the young redwood who’d expired of neglect right there next to her. Then as I started down the hill, I took one more shot to reassure myself, and her, I suppose, and you, that she really does look more tree-like with a single stem. And certainly it doesn’t hurt for a tree to feel worthy of grooming.


– L


  1. Melsy says:

    Gloria it a true beauty!!! <3<3<3 thankyou for sharing her with us aunty L

    Isn't it such a good feeling to be able to sit there and admire such beauty?

  2. michelle says:

    Gloria will be a glorious tree thanks to all the love and nurture you give her! What a lucky tree!!

  3. Rose says:

    Gloria is on her way to becoming a healthy tree. She’s still growing. With your nurturing and Kelly’s advice, Gloria will be just fine. No worries! Love the pictures!

  4. stephl says:

    How could Gloria do anything but thrive under such loving care?! Enjoying watching her journey.

  5. Kelley Marie says:

    Gloria you are looking good!

  6. cda says:

    She really is such a beauty and I love the way you are sharing her story with us. Thank you for taking the time to tend to Gloria and us!

  7. stephanieb says:

    Lynne, you’re such a good mama. Every little tree should be so lucky. I bet Gloria didn’t even mind her pruning, done so lovingly. 🙂

  8. Noelle C says:

    I love how you can make even a seemingly mundane task for some into a beautiful experience. Thanks for helping us to remember to find the joy in each and every task we accomplish!

  9. Larissa says:

    Gloria has the best care 🙂 . So enjoying this journey with her. Thanks So much, love the photos.

  10. kimberleo says:

    Rock on, Gloria!

  11. Leigh says:

    Lookin’ good, Gloria!! I can’t wait to watch you grow up!

  12. LaurieandDeeAnn says:

    Gloria is beautiful! You are doing a wonderful job caring for her, Lynne! 🙂

  13. Diana says:

    Great pics of Gloria! thanks for the update 🙂

  14. Ms. Jenny says:

    So cute she is!!! Thanks Lynne for sharing.

  15. ClaudiaM says:

    She’s looking pretty cute! xo

  16. TinaFunez says:

    Mizz Gloria is looking beautiful!

  17. DevorahZ says:

    So Sweet! Gloria seems to be a happy little tree! What a great view she has, a true asset to, “The Old Dog Farm”! Love it! What’s shaken in the garden beds? How’s the kale etc?

  18. Kitten says:

    I love her name , the only thing I can get to grow is the roses, photos are thank you for sharing

  19. amandahawking says:

    Looking forward to seeing Gloria bloom <3
    But no I have that dong Gloria in my head. Ha xxx

  20. amandahawking says:

    Now I have that song…. Omg the iPhone changes all my words!!

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