“Hope Springs Eternal”

This is dramatic for what I relate this quote from Alexander Pope to, but I had really almost given up.

A few years ago, late spring came and Peleg’s grape arbor – which I have written about before – began to bud up.  There are two trunks – two different grape plants.  One – the larger of the two by a great deal – started to sprout its leaf buds.  The other, I          hoped was just a bit behind after a rough winter.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  It never budded – it was killed by the winter of bitter cold and warmth and then bitter cold again.  I started to worry I could lose – the MMA could lose – the entire arbor.  So, desperate to try to ensure its survival, I went to many lengths to try and root the grape which is no easy task based on what I have read.  I finally – after multiple  attempts – resorted to taking long cuttings and placing them in some soil and then putting them in the window of the Observatory’s Seminar Room where I spend the winter – my “winter office.”

I have been watering them since October and frankly, they continued to look like dead sticks.  At the beginning of February, I almost threw them out but then decided that I would wait just in case.  Well, on February 7, 2018, I glanced over and – overnight it seems – leaf buds had appeared!  I was elated! And now they continue to grow and one has begun to unfurl itself.  I hope I can keep them going and can then plant them in place of the old one that died a few winters ago.  Let’s hope.  This is just another tie to the Mitchell past.

JNLF