|The rusty haw on Viburnum rufidulum|
I was deeply touched by her generosity and know that I received far more that day than those five seedlings.
This afternoon when I dug the seedling/suckering roots from the ground, gently teasing the roots and cutting the baby away from the Mother Tree, and then when I planted them nearby, I thought of that long ago generosity and kindness. I remembered the plans and dreams of the young gardener who danced home holding her little tree seedlings. I thought about the years that have passed and the native plant and wildlife friendly garden I planted. When I patted the last little seedling from my Mother Tree into the ground, I knew, without a doubt, that she really had given me more than just those five little seedlings.
Thank you Amy for my absolutely perfect Christmas present.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone."