From Seed to Guava Tree
The whole thing started out one evening on a whim. Yes, a random thought after dinner turned into my husband’s little project as curiosity got the better of him. We were eating guava and as we cut the seeds out of the middle, he casually wondered out loud if those guava seeds would actually grow along the fence in our backyard. And the more he thought about it, the more he wanted to try it.
So, he planted the seeds and the seeds started to grow. The guava tree started to grow real big, so big that he had to be constantly trimming the branches that sneaked across our land barrier and began to cover the road. We were super excited as it did grow some guavas this year. They were very small in size when compared to the ones sold at the local markets but the tree did bear fruit.
From Guava Tree to Decorative Piece
However, the constant cutting and trimming became tiresome. Plus, it was only going to get bigger and bigger which meant more work. And let’s not forget my husband’s other ongoing projects and the ones he has cooked up in his head. So, after much debate back and forth, my husband decided to cut down the guava tree.
I must admit that I had no responsibility for its growth. During the entire 5 years, I think I may have watered it a couple of times. However, I felt bad because I was aware of all the time and effort my husband put into watering it on a daily basis and cutting and trimming in regularly. In all honesty, I hated the idea of throwing it away.
So, after much thought, we decided to dry it, cut off the leaves, and some of the excess branches. When it was fully dried, we used it as a decorative piece for our sunroom. Yes, it is the tree that keeps on giving!!
From Decorative Piece to Christmas Tree
And in celebration of the holiday season, we decided to deck it out with white and blue Christmas lights and tiny red, white, and silver ornaments. It is bigger than Charlie Brown’s famous tree but in some ways, it reminds me of the one featured on the regularly watched Christmas cartoon.
And who knows? It may very well become our constantly changing holiday tree.
Have you ever done anything like this? Do you have any DIY decorative pieces in your home?
~~Update~~ I guess I should have mentioned that this is not our only Christmas tree. We have a regular one all decorated in the living room as well. As many of you already know, I love Christmas!!!