While we could have bought 4-5 year-old, already-fruiting fruit trees for our side-yard dwarf apple/peach/cherry orchard, there are many reasons we're glad we didn't. Reasons like, we get to shape the trees from the their first year. We get to treat them organically and not have to detox them from four years of synthetic sprays. And--best of all--we get to witness the moment when these slender trees make their very first moves toward putting out leaves, branches, buds, and blossoms.
There will be a time when these trees, God willing, will be heavy with sturdy branches, thick-trunked, and laden with luscious fruit. But today, they're just starting--and I get to watch.
Folks, this, to me, looks an awfully lot like a miracle.
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