Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Tree Fairy

Although we have planted more than 50 specimen trees on our several acres over the course of some 15 years, there always seems room for just one more, particulary when it is one we especially like and at a good bargain.

I don't know why we haven't planted a Sycamore (Plantanus x acerifolia 'Bloodgood') before now, but over a month ago we happened upon a one-half off tree sale. How could we resist a healthy and beautiful tree that had great potential to grace the landscape even further, for just $16.5? I know, that's hard to believe.

We have cared for it in its pot and kept it partially shaded until now. As the rainy season will soon arrive, we decided to plant it so it can be viewed each day. Likely we will not experience the trees eventual 90 foot height, but the peeling bark and multi-tones of creamy white to olive green are the visual pleasures we anticipate.

As is our habit after planting something that can be viewed from the window, we stood this morning viewing the long pathway that embraced this new addition, and my husband exclaimed, "the tree fairy came last night".

And I still laugh when he says it.