September 26, 2010

Baby Maple Tree

On Friday, Henry and I dropped the twins off at kindergarten, and we were walking back to our car. The path from the kindergarten to the parking lot is edged by a rock wall. And in a crack between two rocks, we saw a baby maple tree.

It couldn't live there: there wasn't enough room or enough dirt anyway, and that's if the person who tends that path didn't pull it out. So we pulled it out. And we brought it home and planted it in a big pot, and we will see.


I had Elizabeth put her hand there for scale,
even though Elizabeth is not otherwise part of this story,
because Elizabeth happened to be outside
when I realized I wanted a photo for this post.

16 comments:

lifeofadoctorswife said...

Oh yay! A tree rescue! I hope it thrives in the pot.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

My husband took some acorns from his home in Massachusetts and planted them this spring in a pot here in NC. He just transplanted the two that grew the largest into our yard. They are both about a foot tall now. We have high hopes for these trees!

Good luck with yours!

Dr. Maureen said...

Pretty sure that is a sugar maple. I love my field guide.

StephLove said...

We have an oak tree, about two feet tall growing right at the edge of our driveway. I often think of trying to replant it in the middle of the yard. Kudos for actually doing it and not just thinking about it.

JEN said...

Swiz - what a fantastic idea!

Marie Green said...

Aw, sweet little baby maple. So darling! Maybe if I can't have more babies, I could have a whole forest of baby maple trees. I hope it thrives for you!

Leslie said...

Elizabeth looks like she's dressed in some lovely floaty gypsy dress. With crocs.

Sarah said...

We got married on July 1 which is Canada Day. We had a huge maple tree in our front yard, so I let the little maples that seeded grow on our lawn, then transplanted them and put them in little pots as our wedding favours. We also planted one for ourselves in a giant pot in the back yard and 9 years later it is really tall and doing well (still in the pot though)

Saly said...

How cool! We just had our very old and rotted maple tree cut down, but we are talking about growing a new one too.

My word verification is "sophie". I've never had it be a name before!

Swistle said...

Sarah- OMG, best wedding favor idea EVER.

wisdomandpeace said...

Cute! Does that mean your new pink camera came?

P.S to Saly: wish that had been my word verification--my 7-year-old's name is Sophie!

Swistle said...

Wisdomandpeace- YES! ...AND, we found the old camera. Sigh. Well, nice to have found it.

JackeeG4glamorous said...

maple trees are pretty easy to grow. but they are a p.i.a. when they get bigger - what with the whirly bird seeds that spew all over the place from them and clog up your rain gutters. My family once grew one tiny like that in a coffee can in the back yard, transplanting it at about 3 or 4 feet tall. It's now about 30 feet tall or more, HUGE with all kinds of shoots, we've had to trim it back a dozen times. It'll be great fun for your family to watch it take root and grow!

Party of 5 said...

The only reason you found your old camera is because you bought a new one. That's how it works.

LOVE the tree idea. We plant and grow and rescue lots of things around here. Hope your tree grows happily.

J.L.Swanson said...

I've been reading for awhile, lurking - I guess. I love the cat stories. But I also recall you talking about finding dinosaur shirts for your kids -- thought you may want to check these out, they're pretty cool (but expensive):

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/e3a8/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/e3b1/

They only reason I know about them is I saw them for adults and thought it was pretty awesome!

Enjoy!

Swistle said...

J.-- OMG BEST DINOSAUR SHIRTS EVER