(all photos above courtesy of Calvin)
While long drives in a pick up truck are generally a good time, this very pregnant mama decided that all those bumpy back roads of Maine were just a little more than I wanted (though I know it could be done, a birth on the side of the road is not my idea of fun). But oh - I wanted to be at the plant sale this year! (The FEDCO tree sale, open to the public this coming weekend!) The annual kick-off to spring and state-wide social event that it is. We had such a large tree order to pick up, and there was so much I wanted to see and share in. What to do, what to do? Why, send in a substitute, naturally. My ten-year old photographer-in-his-own-right happily took Mama's camera for a little assignment. And when he came home and shared all he saw, I felt as though I were there too.
At home, with a big pile of trees, shrubs, roots, berries, bulbs and crowns to plant...we've been working all day every day to get everything we brought home into the ground. What joy it is to walk all around now and see these tiny little beginnings of ours. It will be a while - years in most cases - before we see the results in the form of asparagus, rhubarb, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears and more.
Oh, but we will do our best to nurture and care for them right now with the promise of their harvest later. For as I know from watching these little ones of mine, those years will go by in the blink of an eye. Growing more than I could imagine, year after year. (Though, quite unlike the plants, I wouldn't complain at all if these children of mine slowed down on all that growing just a little bit.)