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Thursday Tree Love: A Decaying Trunk and a Pitcher Plant


A few days after the Hurricane

I don’t remember what kind of tree this was or when it died. It lived for many years along the fence in my backyard. Decaying limbs hung on until a hurricane, maybe Florence in 2018, sheared the top off leaving a finger pointing skyward which disintegrated over time. In preparation for working on the fence, I asked David to cut the dead trunk in the shape of a castle or tower. Some of the cuttings reminded me more of castles like the last one in the gallery. The remaining stump still provides a home for bugs, grubs, mushrooms, and who knows what else… maybe fairies!

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Today, Parul shared a young banyan tree in a pot and asked us to share a plant from our home, neighbourhood or surroundings. One interesting plant that came to mind is the pitcher plant which grows wild in the wetlands of North Carolina and other places around the world. It is a carnivorous plant and catches insects.

For more tree love, visit Paurl’s blog: Happiness and Food.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: A Decaying Trunk and a Pitcher Plant

  1. I have a post prepared maybe for Sat or Sun about “stumps.” Mine came about from a scripture in Isaiah. There is much life in the roots of a stump. We’ll learn together.

  2. It is wonderful that you retained the tree stump for so long. A home for many species living there. The idea of carving it is a master stroke!

  3. 🙂✨🧚🏻

  4. Wonderful post JoAnna… And even though that stump may appear dead.. I bet it hosts thousands of insects as well as the fungi.. And may be the odd visit of fairies etc Lol…. 🙂

  5. Kudos for leaving and cherishing the tree stump JoAnna. I wish more people would leave nature wild, at least in parts of their property and public lands.

    • Thanks, Brad. I’ve been trying to tame some of our wild yard so our crazy dog won’t hurt the little animals – lizards and snakes, but we will always keep a wildlife corridor – several feet wide – between the old and new fence.

  6. How beautiful! The tree continues to provide even after it has stopped living, doesn’t it? Wonderful post, JoAnna.

  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. a excellent example that even though we may be different, we all are a important piece of the puzzle called life and there is no real ending… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

  8. How thoughtful to keep the stump that is home to so many bugs bees and even mushrooms. The castle feature does look nice in the corner. The beautiful post says a lot about nature and tree love.

    • Thank you! I was a bit hesitant to share this since it’s not exactly a tree any longer, but glad you understand the value of what remains.

  9. How wonderful of you to work on this stump and keep it around. I have read about pitcher plant in my school books but this is the first time I am seeing a picture through you and i feel very excited. Thank you so much JoAnna for sharing. I hope to see you around on the 11th.

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