Another happy surprise has to do with my 35 year old quest to grow a sugar maple. My grandparents had a gorgeous one in their yard that would amaze and impress each year with it's bright orange and yellow fall colors, and I wanted one just like theirs. We planted two in the front yard and they died. We planted one in the side yard and it had been mislabeled; it was a red maple. We finally planted the one in the photo below and for 15 years it has been an oddly stunted disappointment. Each year its leaves have turned from green to dull brown and then fallen to the ground in sad disgrace by early November, and it just hasn't grown at a normal rate. But this year, our little tree has redeemed itself. Very rapidly, within a 3 day time period, it's leaves turned orange! Just like Grandma and Grandpa's tree! My grandparents' farm was sold earlier this year much to my grief, and it is heartwarming to see this reminder of the old home place right in my own yard.
We have two more little surprises due any day now, because both our daughter and our daughter-in-law are due to deliver babies within the next two weeks. Blessing upon blessing this harvest season!
|John usually won't pose for photos but he is proud of this pumpkin!|
|The porch of the little yellow house is decorated for fall, thanks to Farmer John's unexpected harvest.|
|It IS a sugar maple after all!|