Today is the first day of spring (and my late mother’s birthday) here in the sub-tropics of Australia.

Two years ago I planted a conifer for her, a Norfolk Island Pine – a tree that gets huge if the conditions are right. It is growing better than any other plants on the property.

Mum's Tree 1st September 2015

A Tree to Remember

1st of September,
Spring in Australia
thinks it’s summer.

Birthday tree,
sapling Norfolk Island Pine
begins the journey

to remember
my late mother,
treasure in my eyes.

Rain, wind, salt and heat
pray on hard scaly leaves,
majesty in growth.

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Here it is last year

mums-tree-2014-1-septand when it was first planted

mums-norfolk-island-pine-800x530Happy birthday Mum 😍

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