Watering Junper’s Tree


Juniper is our dearly departed horse, and her tree is a Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora)

Juniper came to us some years ago when our daughter bid for her at auction against the “Dogger”  (dogger – australian slang for a butcher who turns unwanted horses into dogfood).


She was only skin and bones when she joined our small herd but soon responded to love and good food, and lived her final years happy and cared for. She was an Australian Stock horse, grey in colour, gentle and sweet natured.  The vet estimated her age at somewhere between 25 and 35 years. Her death was sudden and unexpected (we were with her at the time)


She was buried where she died and a ring of stones placed around her.  I planted the tree there.

When it is dry I make regular visits to water it.  Summer here has done what it often does – lots of rain, then the tap turns off and it is now bone dry.

On my last visit I noticed a nearby tree suffering much more than Juniper’s from drought and insect attack.

That’s another feature of summer here, swarms of Eucalypt eating beetles. Juniper’s tree is not affected but many others are. Some have almost no leaves left.

So I am now watering both trees and hope the nearby one will flourish.  A couple of Springs ago it was healthy and leafy enough to shelter a nest for some tiny birds.

I will keep you posted on the little tree’s progress. Water and love should restore it.

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