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My Fig Tree in Winter

Our fig tree will make it through winter

With the help of a neat little trick

Or else it will have to dash indoors

Before winter gives it a lick

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The first time we buried our fig tree

Uncertain that it would survive

Was October,  weeks before winter

And the fig tree was still much alive

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We covered her up with earth matter

Top soil and leaves and some twigs

And buried her into the garden

In hopes that next spring we’d have figs

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All winter we looked through the window

At the spot where the fig tree once stood

Hoping she’d survive the cold weather

With ice, snow and soil for a hood

*Blog Photo - Fig tree

In May we uncovered her branches

Lifted her out of her trench

So shocked by her clear resurrection

We sat ourselves down on a bench

Blog Photo - Fruiting Fig Tree*

This winter has been a tough business

The snow is determined to fall

And just when I think it is over

I find it’s not finished at all

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Snow stands in piles out my window

Blows in when I open my door

It sticks to my shoes like a layer

And deposits itself on my floor

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The fig tree and I are both immigrants

From lands that are sunny and bright

Though fig did not come here willingly

While I chose this country so white

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But fig will be sheltered this winter

Protected and ready to bear

While I slip and slide on the sidewalk

And try to pretend I’ve no fear.

Original Photos by Hamlin Grange

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6 thoughts on “My Fig Tree in Winter”

  1. Cynthia, this is super-cool (the poem and the concept 😉 I actually turned a few verses into a little song- I bet I could play that for you on the ukuele ‘-) But on another note: really, do you just bend the whole tree over and dig a trench to bury it? Or do you just cover it up? I love the idea of you having a fig tree here in the great white north and that it makes it through these winters.Lovely!

    1. Well, I always stay far from the heavy lifting, as you can imagine, but – I spy with my little eye — that my favorite gardener digs up (and sometimes has to also cut) the roots. He buries the whole thing, though some people bend the tree right down, having cut the outer roots, then cover it completely.

      Now, important to prune it first, and tie the branches close to the trunk, as the trench he digs is quite narrow and only about 18 inches deep.

      Also, must dig tree up in May soon as frost is passed – or the fruit and leaves may start growing underground – they did that one year. I would LOVE to hear your song on the Ukelele!!

  2. I was wondering how you cover up a fig tree and now I know! Wow! Figs right off the tree! I love your poem – it’s full of bounces, rhymes and rhythm. O would make a great song! Lee

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