There are lots of special trees on Mt Pleasant Farm. Some are huge & shade the house. Some, like the linden tree, suddenly burst into bloom. And the venerable 3-story pear tree that sometimes deigns to provide pears in the fall. Others are just starting out- the tiny redbuds that will grow into an allee along the drive, the lime tree in a pot that gets carried into the house in the fall.
But these two trees, the mimosa & magnolia between the house & the barn have stories.
The mimosa tree was a gift to Slim from a friend who heard he loved mimosa (powder puff is the local name) trees. She found one growing in someone’s front yard, and was given permission to dig up a seedling from under it. So 17 years ago, she brought Slim a 4-inch seedling for his birthday. I’m not good with height estimation, but it looks about 25 feet tall to me. It’s a magnet for hummingbirds, and the blossoms are wonderful. Slim may be gone, but the mimosa tree is one of his legacies to us.
The magnolia tree has an even stranger history. It was grown from a seed 16 years ago. There had been a magnolia tree in the front yard, probably nearly as old as the 200-year old house. My mom was talking to the woman (then elderly) who had lived at Mt Pleasant before Slim. It turned out that she (Ms Lou Davison) had taken a slip from the tree with her, had grown it into a tree and was more than willing to pass on a seed. So this magnolia tree is the “grandbaby” of the original Mt Pleasant magnolia.
In my gypsy life, sometimes buying green bananas can be an act of faith. But thank goodness there are some people with enough patience and faith to plant trees.