The best day to plant a tree was 100 years ago. The second best day is today.(Chinese Proverb)
It's my favourite proverb. And I love trees. Especially the slow growing oak is so majestic. You don't see many oaks in Vancouver. Cherry Blossom trees are very popular though.
Unfortunately, on the avenue where I live, the old trees that line it are pretty ugly ones. So we look with envy to the cherry blossom lined streets that are so abundant everywhere in Vancouver.
On our way to school last week, I spotted a tiny little tree in the grass. Right above it was a large cherry blossom tree, in bright pink. I compared the leafs, and they were identical, so the baby tree was the same species. Vancouver has a special week going on at the moment where citizens can get trees from the city for $10,- only. Checking out the site, it seems like many are already sold out, and I did not see a cherry blossom tree listed. So instead me and my little girl scooped out the little tree from the grass and put it in our garden. The baby tree was doomed anyway by the next grass mowing that would have killed it.
So here is the mother tree standing above the baby tree:
Here is the little fella, transplanted to our front yard. Fed with fresh ground from the garden store.