Sunday, July 31, 2011
Katie ran ahead. Maddie picked her way on the drying creek bed, picking up a walking stick along the way.
I am disappointed. I have lugged my camera equipment down the bank to find nothing that interested me. But then, Maddie turns and quietly waves me over to her perch on a rock over a still pool of water. I clank my way over in time to see a dart of green disappear under a rock. Maddie patiently waded into the pool and gently reached under the rock. Seconds later our beautiful green friend came out to play.
There was no historic value to the 2 foot Stewartia sapling I purchased for next to nothing. It rode for the remainder of of our trip and all the way home between my sister in law's feet.
When I got home I planted it. It grew a bit, but was not happy in it's new home. So I moved it one day to a sunny spot that allows me to see it from my family room window. We were both happy.
Today it blooms with white purity in spring for up to 6 weeks. In winter, it's multicolored mottled bark outside my window reminds me that spring is really not that far away.
This tree is now 15 feet tall. Mature and beautiful.