Thursday – A Little Personal – Olive Concerns

Twiggy and Lucy photos.

“I can see you have some concerns, Little One.”

“I have been thinking of that olive tree that got frozen this winter.”

“What about it?”

“Sometimes these things come back.”

“But the boss already got a new magnolia to go in that spot.”

“Look. Just as I figured. Little green shoots.”

“You sure you aren’t seeing things?”

“No. Over there I’m seeing things but not on the tree.”

“I’ll be darned. You are right. The tree is alive.”

“What do we do about it?”

“I guess we should let the boss know that the olive still lives.”

“Good idea. Of course, what do you think he will do?”

“The man won’t even kill an ant, so I think he will want to do something.”

“I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.”

“Here he comes. Let me handle this.”

“You are way better at breaking news, Lucy.”

“Hey, Dad. This olive tree is still alive. What are you going to do about it?”

“Cheese, Twiggy.”

“Thank you, Twiggy. I know that and we are trying to figure out a place for it.”

“What happened to me handling it?”

“You know me. Impulsive to a fault.”

“I guess he already has the situation under advisement.”

“Yeah, and he knew about the olive too.”

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  1. I do hope the tree comes back OK. IΒ΄m sure with your TLC it will do just fine.

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    1. Unfortunately, it was beyond. The shoots were not viable. The magnolia will take it’s place. Thanks, Darlene.

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      1. These things happen. The magnolia will be wonderful. My favourite tree.

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      2. Yes I can’t wait. To be delivered and planted on July 3rd.

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  2. Nothing gets past these two. πŸ˜‚ Hope your olive tree thrives once it lands in its new spot, John.

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    1. Sadly the roots were too far gone. It was only alive in one small area. Not enough. Thanks, Lori.

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  3. The girls are always on the case, lolsπŸ˜‚ I hope the tree survives and thrives, John πŸ™‚

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    1. I wish I could say it will, Harmony. There just wasn’t enough alive to be viable.

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  4. ‘The man won’t even kill an ant…’..nothing gets past your girls, John. I enjoyed your interview and hearing you speak. Much love flowing to you and your girls. ❀ Xx

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    1. Thank you, Jane. Love bck to you. ❀️

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  5. Tell Twiggy not to pee on it and maybe it will be okay.πŸ˜‰ Those two don’t miss a thing.

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    1. Thanks Jill. 🀣

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  6. I love how confrontational Twiggy is!

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    1. She is that for sure, Liz. Thank you.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  7. “The man won’t even kill an ant.” LOL Hope the olive tree survives…and that you find the perfect place for the Magnolia.

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    1. Sadly the tree was not viable. Too far gone. The Magnola will go where the olive once stood. Thanks, Joan.

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  8. Twiggy & Lucy make a wonderful Ecological Committee, dear John! “Protect the Twiggy Resort together from squirrels & other nasty animals!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, they are on the lookout for ways to keep the Twiggy Resort pristine.

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      1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Great! They will make it, dear John! I have no doubts! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. I agree with you . They are like two junk yard dogs when it comes to the Resort.

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      3. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Best couple ever: Twiggy Holmes & Lucy Watson are at your service 24 hours a day! No squirrel will pass.

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      4. Don’t forget the doves. They are always on the lookout for doves too. I think Twiggy thinks they are big enough to be a threat. 😁

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      5. I say, dear John! Maybe! The size makes respect in the case of doves. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      6. I think you are right it is a size thing. 😁

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  9. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Not even an ant in the heart of Texas? Even if it’s an exaggeration, that image brought a smile. Great dialogue, John. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I’m the one who ushers spiders out of the house. The Producer shakes her head and rolls her eyes.

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  10. The impulsive one strikes again! …. I didn’t realize olive trees grew in Texas, Probably the biggest olives on the planet.

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    1. There are some farms. Most were damaged in the Feburary freeze.

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      1. Horrible for those farmers.

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      2. Yup. Total disaster.

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  11. Oh, olive trees are so lovely. I hope it revives. Surely there’s room for it and the magnolia. Thank goodness the girls were so alert! LOL Sending belly rubs to both of them.

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    1. The tree was no viable long term. A few shoots but pretty much gone. Thanks for the rubs.

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  12. It’s nice to see them protective of something in their yard.

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    1. Hahaha. Thank you, Pamela.

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  13. While olive trees are nice and all… magnolia are magnificent! What colour did you get? I’ve seen the more common pink but we have a few here that are yellow and I saw a white one this spring too! My dream is to have one, though I cannot for the life of me figure out where to put it!

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    1. I think it is white. It wasn’t blooming when we picked it out but most of them here are white. 😁

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      1. So pretty and delicate.

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      2. Yes they are.

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  14. Aww, they’re so concerned. I love that. And I love that the olive tree survived. Fingers crossed you’ll be able to coax it back to full health, John. I know the girls will be keeping tabs on it and cheering you on.

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    1. I wish it were true, Mae. After I did a close examination there was little to save. It is now in the big nursery in the sky.

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      1. Oh, so sad. But I know you tried. That wretched winter snow was merciless!

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      2. It was bad for sure. Thanks, Mae.

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  15. Tough plant there. Hope it makes it.

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    1. Yeah I had hoped so too but was hopeless.

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  16. Sorry the tree didn’t survive, but magnolias are also beautiful. It’s good you have the girls to keep an eye on things in the yard.

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    1. I know right? Twiggy is focused on keeping the place dove and squirrel free.

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  17. I have a customer with an olive grove. Last year, it produced beautifully. This year? Not so much. But, he’s far enough south (Montgomery county) that most of the trees made it. Exactly how many will still take time to determine, but at least he didn’t lose them all. Maybe he should borrow the girls to sniff around for signs of life!

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    1. Mine just didn’t have enough viaable healthy spots. I bid it goodbye.

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  18. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, John, for the tree to really come back.

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    1. Not going to happen, Pit. I dug it up and there was only one part alive. Not enoughto wait 10 years for it to grow into a tree again.

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  19. It’s nice to have consultants. I have a dead pear I need to cut down.

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    1. Yes consultants are a big help. I had to break it to them that the tree didn’t make it.

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  20. Haha. I’m reminded of Laurel and Hardy at the end, John. We are also replacing a damaged tree (but not tossing it in the dump).

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    1. Mine went into the trash today. There was so little left I couldn’t justify digging in the limestone to make a place for it.

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      1. Understandable.

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  21. Sorry about that olive tree. Twiggy was ever hopeful. We planted a magnolia in our side yard years ago – my daughter insisted. But it was totally consumed by deer!

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    1. This tree will be protected in our yard. Thanks, Noelle.

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  22. Still alive does not always translate to gonna thrive. We have a lilac tree that is dancing on the line. And dancing is probably too optimistic a word. It has new leaves this year except they are sparse. And so far not much sign of new growth. Time to wait and see. Tell those two inspectors good job and more cheese.

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    1. I remeber as a kid struggling to keep lilacs alive, They seem to have a short life span.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I had hoped the olive tree would make it after that freeze, but I see in the comments it didn’t work out. Sorry.

    I am looking forward to seeing your birthday tree soon!

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    1. It will be here July 3rd

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  24. The girls know nothing gets past Dad! Sorry your olive bit the dust, but it was a bad year for lots of things. I’m looking forward to the Magnolia though!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. 😊

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  25. Those girls don’t miss anything! I think a magnolia tree will be a good replacement. I am sure they girls will help you take good care of them. And you will still have lovely white blooms.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. We are looking forward to it.

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  26. Great that you have a magnolia! Their scent is outstanding.

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    1. I am looking forward to it. She arrives on July 3rd.

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  27. I’m glad it’s still alive. You can’t have too many trees, you know. Good thing the girls noticed, too.

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    1. Nope it is gone. Not enough alive to warrant spending the next ten years waiting for it to become a tree.

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      1. Common sense, and the girls will forget the tree as soon as the new one goes in.

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      2. Yes, they will.

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  28. No amount of hope or prayer is bringing out an olive from that tree. So sad. On our SF bay home property we had a stand of olive trees I loved. Great border trees as they grew and grew. No olives, though. Huh… maybe Twiggy got ’em/

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    1. You had non bearing olives which are very popular. This tree had the last rights today.

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  29. I hope that olive tree survives, John, then you’ll have two wonderful trees! I always love the dialogue and the photos are adorable.

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    1. The olive was put down, Lauren. Just not enough to save.

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      1. Oh, sorry if I missed that, John. Too bad, but I’m sure the magnolia will be beautiful! Happy Friday, my friend!

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      2. I think it will, Lauren. Happy Friday to you.

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  30. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    “The man wouldn’t kill an ant.” You must have a lot of insects running around your place.🀣
    This series is always great, John!

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    1. Thank you, Pete.

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  31. I’m looking up the definition of impetuous now and yep . . there she is. A pic of Twiggy, front and center.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. She’s too much. Of a good thing of course.

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  32. For a minute I thought maybe the Olive tree had survived, but I see that is where the new Magnolia is to go. As always, these girls are adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. 😊

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  33. So the Olive tree is pretty resilient. The Russian Olive tree in this valley sure are.

    The girls are so cute and keep you on your toes. They don’t miss a trick! πŸ˜€

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    1. Yeah this one is no longer viable. Thanks, Deborah.

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  34. I see from the comments that your olive did not survive. So sorry about that, but, yeah, circle of life and all. Magnolias are wonderful trees, and pretty tough from what I’ve observed out here. Good luck with the planting!

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    1. Yeah the olive just wasn’t viable. Thanks Marie.

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  35. I read some earlier comments so I see that the olive tree did not make it. Ah well, it’s too bad but a magnolia tree will look beautiful there.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. It will. 😁

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  36. Olive trees are quite hardy, John. I’m glad yours has survived.

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    1. Sadly it did not. There was very little that was viable. Thank you for the thought though, Robbie.

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      1. OH that is a pity, John. We have two olive trees in our garden and they are so pretty.

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      2. We loved ours. It had those silver blueish leaves. Beautiful.

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  37. Love your puppy posts!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Resa.

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      1. Welcome!
        LOL! I referred to them as vicious guard dogs somewhere out here. We should keep up appearances, after all. I mean you wouldn’t want anyone to think just because they are adorable that they could break into your yard or home! πŸ˜‰

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      2. They would have to survive Twiggy’s barking which is known to cause hearing loss. 🀣

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      3. Hahahahahaha!

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