Friday, April 25, 2014
Arbor Day Special Tree
The original tree was (what I call) a rescue tree. It was the end of the season and our local little nursery was having a close out sale. It was the last day of the sale, and I walked into the store and out the back door to the tree lot. There was a 5 gal, container with this little gem... almost hidden by weeds and grass. The sales person came out and asked if I wanted it. I debated and he said 1/2 price? He was almost giving it to me. He even carried it to the car and laid plastic under to protect the trunk. I carried it to the back yard and with just a little shovel....planted it. It snowed the next day and all winter, I thought about the little thing. Would it survive? In the spring, I checked it and lo and behold...tiny little buds were forming along the two branches. A few weeks later, it bloomed. Tiny little pink blooms. Now, it's over my head and leans out into the yard....keeping the guy with the lawn mower from mowing close to the border. I have trimmed off a few branches, but I love the natural way the branches twist and turn. It has a baby...a tiny little start of a tree was underneath and when I saw it, I scooped it up and put it in another spot. It's growing...but more slowly. I can't tell you what joy it brings me each year....from the buds, to the blooms, to the twisting branches, to the heart shaped leaves, and then the seed pods in the fall. On Arbor Day....I love to remember how this little tree came to be in my yard.