I got this little desert willow tree a while ago. It was a gift from my Dad with some money he gave me for Christmas, and I was really happy to find one small enough for me to afford. Often they are really big, and really expensive. I love desert willow trees because they are extremely drought tolerant when established, and they have beautiful, scented flowers in the spring and summer that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
It doesn't look like much right now with its bare branches, but hopefully by the summer it will be looking something like the one we have in our front yard which though still quite small, is rather pretty. These pictures were taken last summer.
I have spent literally hours walking around the back yard looking for the perfect spot to plant my new tree. I kept moving it around and trying to find the perfect spot, and so I was relieved to finally make a decision, and to start digging a hole.
We have irrigation in our backyard as most people do out here, and I am not used to irrigation coming from England where we don't really need it. I am usually pretty careful about where and how I dig, and have so far managed to avoid any major issues. Not so yesterday unfortunately. I managed to put a large hole through one of the main irrigation pipes for our grass.
I literally saw dollar signs flash before my eyes as soon as I did it because irrigation repair is very expensive, and although Robert is pretty handy at the minor stuff, I think this will involve replacing an entire length of pipe.
My only slight consilation is that we are planning to completely re-do the irrigation back there anyway later in the year before we xeriscape, but that will be dependent on finances of course. So for now, we have a hole back there with a busted pipe inside, and I still have a desert willow tree in a pot waiting to be planted.
I was out there just now and I actually think I may have found a better spot anyway. Decisions, decisions......