I always thought it was incredibly romantic when folks would show me trees in their yards and told the story of how they planted in as a little sapling and have watched it grow for all their years together. It's a real symbol of a life spent together.
When we had our yard cleared low and behold we had a two spots for trees. One was already filled by an apple tree, but the other had been hidden away by huge overgrowth. We didn't even know that spot was there. I was very excited when we found it. We could plant our little symbol!
Now comes the hard part. What kind of tree to get? We really didn't want anything big and weren't sure if we wanted another fruit tree in addition to the apple and lemon trees we have. Both pear and plum trees came to mind, but just didn't feel right. Then we saw it. A blossoming plum tree at Lowes. Joey fell in love with it. This was the tree he wanted. One problem - how would we get it home?
This tree wasn't small. Probably six or seven feet. I have a Mini Cooper and Joey has a BMW sedan. There was no way we were going to fit a tree in there. We decided that we would wait a couple of weeks, rent a truck, then go pick it up.
A couple of weeks passed and we went back to Lowes to pick out our tree. Guess what? They didn't have them anymore. In fact, no nursery near us had them. Trust me, I called them all. Apparently, the time to start carrying these is in January. January?!!! If you know us, that is way too long for us to wait. Besides, we had just finished planting everything in the garden and we really wanted to plant our little plum tree.
After some searching online I found exactly what I wanted. Clifton's Nursery in Porterville, California had plum trees and they shipped them! Who knew you could buy a tree online?! Better yet, I could purchase it through Amazon, meaning I could trust that I would get my money back if the tree never came.
It came. It's was packaged beautifully and is the cutest thing I have ever seen. We both fell in love with this little guy. We got a Dwarf Purple Pony. It's a fruitless, flowering plum tree and only grows to about 15 feet. Perfect for our yard.
We planted our little plum tree last Sunday. I can tell it's happy - just like Joey and I are. It's a perfect symbol or our life together.