Back in 1999 a squirrel hid an acorn in our back yard and the following spring I noticed a small oak coming up in a spot that was just right.
Fast forward a dozen years and that oak tree now gives me a lot of joy.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before now, but this Spring I transplanted a few oak and walnut trees that came up in the garden. In years to come, I may be able to really enjoy their beauty and others may also.
That walnut is the only tree new to the front yard. A few years ago I got an oak from the Missouri Conservation Department. I planted it close to where this walnut is. But when I mowed the grass later in the week, it was gone. Maybe it was eaten.
We have a persimmon tree in the neighborhood that I have mentioned before. They bear fruit when you have a male/female arraignment. I may not live long enough to see any fruit, even if the trees show up in the first place.
Our back yard has limited open space for trees. Any space that we have is being used for gardening purposes. Jan has six raised beds and might add more in the future.
I transplanted all these oaks from the raised beds. It was quite easy to remove them whole and intact and give them a new home.
The final picture is of an oak set out in the sun and closely watched and guarded. I have high hopes for this one, even thought it is small. You may have heard the saying, “From the small acorn doth the mighty oak grow.”
So, there you have it. Something besides cycling that I enjoy. If these ‘children’ of mine do any good, you will see pictures of their progress over the years.