When you go around your property time and time again anything that is new will jump out at you.
When that something new is a tree with some flowers on it, you really pay attention.
The location in question is the south side of our driveway. This area is dotted and overrun with bushes and trees. Everything from brambles to +100′ pine tress cover the area. There have been some flowering vines in the area, and a large beautyberry bush, but nothing like I saw when coming home one day.
There they were, innocent and tied up in a lot of other woody material not belong to them – beautiful little pink tinted flowers.
My first reaction was to just take a picture of the flowers for use as a banner on our Facebook Page. After all, they are beautiful.
It was not very long until I also wanted to know exactly what they were. Some ideas were tossed around, but a request was made for a picture of the leaves and bark so that it could be determined for sure.
As the results came in the clear winner was that this is a peach tree.
We have no idea where it came from. The size of the trunk would seem to indicate that it is a fairly new tree, perhaps 5 years old. However, it is also in a very, very shaded area, so perhaps it is older but experienced slow growth.
This is at the bottom of our driveway, which is shaped like a bowl. You have to drive down from the roadway, then up again to get to our home. So, the possibilities of it’s origins are endless.
Did we give our children peaches and one of them planted it when we bought the land 5 years ago? Did someone toss out their pit from the road and it washed to that location and self-seed. Does a neighbor have a tree that we do not know about and an animal placed its leftovers in that location?
We will likely never know.
And, because of that, it is all that more interesting to let it stay around. Even if the fruit that it produces is not very palatable, it will make a great conversation piece, provide beauty in the spring, and whatever fruit we may not enjoy the taste of can go to the much less picky chickens and ducks.
Please take a moment to scroll through the pictures below to see how things have progressed. We will try to get some more light to the tree as time goes on, but for now it already seems much happier to us.