In that photo, past the snowflakes (!!), you might just be able to see some sticks protruding from the ground. This is our little orchard — soon to be a much bigger orchard!
Husband decided to place a big order this spring, for fruit trees and berry bushes. We had been adding just a few a year, but he’s impatient for plums and cherries and blackberries and raspberries and peaches. He decided to splurge this spring and buy a whole bunch of trees and bushes. When he called the seed company to make the order, he told them that he was going to be out of the country and to please wait until a particular date to ship the plants.
And then he was off to the northern part of Canada. I held down the fort, keeping fed the dogs, the cat, the chickens, and the rabbits. One day when I got home from school, I saw a package at the front door. Since we never use the front door (always going in the back), I forgot about it. And the next day, I saw it there again and figured I should retrieve it. Assuming it was probably tools or something that Husband had ordered for his business, I was in no hurry.
Except it wasn’t tools. It was trees.
And Husband wouldn’t be back for almost a week. And I had no time to plant trees. Their fate was to languish by the back door until he returned.
So I carted the box to the back porch and hoped for the best.
When Husband returned home, he contacted the seed company and explained what happened. To make up for it, they agreed to send the whole shipment again, free of charge, and we could keep the original shipment, too.
So, we planted about 10 bushes and 8 trees.
And then when the second shipment of bushes came, we planted those, too. The second shipment of trees hasn’t arrived yet.
It looks like we are growing sticks out there. But someday, we hope, we’ll be growing lots and lots of fruit.