The tiny Blue Spruce opened it's needles and they really are blue. The growth spurt made it a good three inches bigger. That's about all it will do this year, their major growth takes place in Spring. My Aunt Ruth kindly, cough, pointed out that in 10 years I will not be able to plant my Tomatoes behind it. I don't even know if I'll be on this planet for 10 more years and if I am, will I be able to plant Tomatoes? Geez. I think you could plant a damn pine tree right by your front door if you so desire. When it gets too big, cut it down for your Christmas tree and plant another one. People make things too hard by thinking about the future too much. Nothing is forever. Least of all, us puny humans. That tree can sit right there for 200 years without bothering anyone. I think it's nice to know it will be here when I'm long gone. Unless some future garden owner finds it a pain in the ass. Who cares?