This year a smoke bush (Continus coggygria) that I've tended since
In late spring I had a yearning for a vine maple (Acer circinatum). I decided I could find one in my parents forested back yard for free. When I finally got around to going up to their place, the trees had already leafed out, but this didn`t stop me, we traipsed all around their backyard looking for just the right specimen, we finally found it and I started digging, then I broke a their shovel, still undeterred, I kept digging and pulling and finally got it out....but it didn`t have much root left for a 10 ft tall tree. I planted it in a native garden next to my daughters playhouse and hoped for the best. At first it seemed like it would survive but the unfiltered sunshine and heat that is was not use to in its old home beneath the forest company proved to be too much and the leaves turned brown. Since I wasn't planning on replacing it with something until the fall, I left it in place. Lauren was trying to convince me that I should paint it a funky colour and call it art, which I was seriously considering, when I noticed a small little green leaf sprouting from the trunk...its alive, its alive!
Further up the tree, amongst the brown crinkly leaves, one of the branches is also sprouting new leaves.