It’s not turning.
Abandoned Disneyland in Beijing China.
It’s as if you hopped off of your flying elephant and walked straight into an apocalyptic wasteland, surrounded by scrubby grass, empty buildings, and the shell of a Magic Kingdom. This is the ghost of a Disney World-style amusement park in China, abandoned partway through construction, and now a hauntingly beautiful scene of decay.
So there’s a thing called “inoculation,” in which two different trees morph together to form a single tree. They’re often called “marriage trees”. My back yard is filled with flowers and saplings and such, and lately I’ve been digging up pretty plants and re-planting them where I like. I have a very nice garden going on of local flowers.
Earlier in the spring, I had dug up a bunch of saplings (don’t know what they are, but I know who the mother tree is. It blooms pretty white flowers in the fall) and put them in a pot. Well, I found them in the corner this morning. They were doing very well for such crowded conditions and, uh, the fact they were completely dry.
Now, the thing is, I can’t plant all the saplings I find. I’ve already had to just dump a bunch of them. So I had an idea: morph all five saplings together. So I got out a pocket knife, stripped off the bark, and they’re now tightly bound together in what will be one of my first experiments with inoculation.
For the future, I have several different ideas. Keep in mind that. Trees. Grow. Slowly. I really doubt anyone is going to follow this blog, and that’s fine. I like to talk to myself anyway. But any plans will probably take several years, and that’s if they’re successful.
But I’m thinking of trying to join several species. One of three things will happen:
— They’ll accept each other and I’ll have a really freaking awesome tree
— They’ll reject each other and grow closely but not join, and simply work against each other (which would still be cool if I manage to blend them together enough)
— I’ll just kill them. In all honesty, this is the most probably outcome. Which is why I’m going to be doing a whole lot of these. If I have like, a hundred of these things going on, at least one has to survive! …right?
Also keep in mind that I have the greatest respect for trees. So like. No calling the tree-police or something. I sound really relaxed and goofy about it here, I know, but this is going to be done with the utmost care. I don’t want to destroy nature, I think nature is beautiful as it is. But either I have to pull up all these saplings sprouting in the yard and dump them (thus, let them die), or I can try and do something with them — something that will give them a chance at not only survival, but possibly thriving conditions, and it will also sort of deepen my own understanding of the trees.
Don’t ask why. I just really freaking love trees.
As I said before, I really doubt anyone will follow this blog, but eh, if you want to like, suggest tree combos or something. Or give me info. Or send me pictures of maybe trees in your yard that have inoculated. Or just pictures of pretty trees. Or boring trees. Or dead trees. Or even pictures of parking meters.
I really don’t care, do whatever you want. I’m just going to post stuff about trees which is totally boring and no-one probably cares anyway.