I have said it many times before, the best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago and the second best time is today… The other day, my husband, Jon, my father in law, Marshal and our grandson decided it was time to plant the Pawpaws that we got from my step father, Joe Festerling, owner of Lindenhof Nurseries. He has a small wholesale nursery and over the years has sold Behnke’s many of their perennials and native trees–like the Pawpaw. We have some in stock now if you have been waiting for them. For more information on them click here.
Of course, planting trees means getting a shovel that fits just right and driving the tractor down to what we call ‘The Bottom.’ The bottom is at the Bottom corner of my in-laws’ property, which is behind ours. Yes we all live next door to each other which is great! 35 plus years ago we planted many pine and fir trees to create a wooded boundary line. Folks from Behnke’s used to come up and cut down certain ones to sell at Christmas, but that is another story for another time. Beyond the trees, it opens up to a small spring that each year gets a little bit larger. Two bridges were built to walk over the ditch and spring years ago. When my children were little there used to be a picnic table along with a nice hammock. Many hours were spent down there exploring, walking the dogs with their grandparents, finding big frogs, and just having fun.
Years pass and now the exploring has started back up. Aaron, our grandson has discovered the joy of adventures, starting with helping plant those trees. Now that they are planted, he insists that his grandfather take him down to ‘the bottom’ to check them out and of course find frogs, rabbits, foxes, deer and that big ol’ snapping turtle.
I am not sure Aaron really understands just how special the Pawpaw trees are and I wonder when they finally have fruit if he will even try them. I hope he will and as he grows older and is able to walk his own dog down there he will remember that very special day he spent with two of his biggest fans, his grandfather and great-grandfather.
Posted by: Stephanie Fleming, Vice President, Behnke Nurseries