I’m going to be doing Christmas with my roommate and her family this year, as I’ve done the past 2 years. I’ve gotten to know them a bit, and I wanted to do something nice for her mom. Her mom, BTW, is dying of a terminal brain tumor. Sadly, she’s quite far along (in the last of 4 stages) and this will doubtlessly be her last Christmas.
I thought a nice gift might be a tree that she could look forward to planting in her garden come spring (whether or not she makes it to that point is immaterial), ya know, the old symbolic gift of a new life to celebrate an already-lived one. But I know nothing about how or where to buy one, nor even if this idea is possible.
What I’m imagining is a tree that:
- will be small enough to live indoors until May. (Berlin has long winters).
- will require minimal care (thrives easily)
- will look nice (perhaps a fruit-bearing tree?)
- is available NOW to buy and isn’t too expensive.
Does such a tree exist? If so, would it be available in a typical plant/tree shop? (extra credit if you have some insight into how to buy one in Berlin? I’ve been here 2 and a half years and yet I still sometimes feel like a complete newbie).
Any additional thoughts (or even alternative gift ideas) quite welcome.