Gabriel’s tree

We planted Gabriel’s tree on the weekend. I love that both my boys have their own trees. John has a port wine magnolia tree that looks amazing this year and Gabriel has a beautiful kowhai tree that is a self sown seedling from my parent’s house. I love that Gabriel’s tree comes from the house I grew up in and is a seedling from a tree I used to watch tuis and kereru fight over the flowers as a child.
Mr Ecochick dug out a huge hydrangea that was in our drive that I’ve never liked. We took this to my parent’s place and put it in the ground for mum and swapped it for Gabriel’s kowhai tree.
We put Gabriel’s placenta (it’s been in the freeze since he was born) in the ground then put his new tree on top. I love seeing his new tree on the drive.
I had to add this picture since it’s too cute to leave out. Aww what an angel.
Here is a wonderful photo of both my boys with their trees (love the flying baby). John loves his tree and proudly tells everyone it’s his tree. He loves that there are flowers on it this year and looks and smells them all the time. So cute. I’m sure Gabriel will be just as proud of his tree as well.
The planting of Gabriel’s tree not only symbolises Gabriel’s birth it also is the rebuilding of my driveway. We’ve now agreed to chop down many of the trees in the drive and replant productive yummy edible trees. Exciting I can’t wait; out with the old in and with the new. I love the boy’s trees side by side. Did you plant trees for your children? if so what did you plant?
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8 thoughts on “Gabriel’s tree

  1. September 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Madeleine
    We planted one of them under a lime tree that thrived like mad – until a few months ago when it possibly died! Can you believe it? I cut it back completely and sprinkled it with a mineral powder, and await spring with baited breath, hoping it will sprout again.

    1. September 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Aww dears how sad I really hope it comes right. Fingers crossed Mx

  2. September 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Hi Madeleine
    Kowhai trees are wonderful. We have three different varieties at home.

    Having said that, be very careful with your kids around them.
    See this from a Wiki page:
    “All parts of the kōwhai, but particularly the seeds, are poisonous to humans.[13] There, however, do not appear to have been any confirmed cases in humans of severe poisoning following ingestion of kōwhai in New Zealand.”

    Rumor is that the most common poisoning is from wooden salad spoons made of Kowhai.


    1. September 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Wow I had no idea you see them everywhere. I’ll make sure my boys don’t eat any. Mx

  3. September 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I have two Kowhai seedlings acclimatising on my work bench waiting to go into the ground – can’t wait! Great Tui fodder, as you say. Lovely post Madeleine and great idea to plant trees for the children.

    1. September 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Aww thanks. Kowhais are so beautiful. I have spent many hours watching native birds in the kowhai tree that this seedling comes from. No doubt you’ll love them at your place Mx

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