Since we bought the farm (Sakai and I have decided to start calling it a farm instead of a ranch, as it once used to be a berry farm), we have planted many trees. Oak, maple, poplar, cedar, cherry, plum, lilac, yuzu, persimmon, etc. The tree we planted most recently is a fig tree. It was a gift from my friend Marissa. Initially, she wanted to give us three trees - two in memory of her deceased parents and one for herself to remember her ife in California since she will be moving permanently to Vancouver in the Fall. By planting the trees, she would always have a place in Tehachapi with family roots.
When we visited the local Tehachapi nursery to buy the trees, we came upon this attractive fig tree. Marissa saw three brown figs growing on it. Figs is an ancient tree with european roots like Marissa. It was an elegant tree. We decided this was the tree to get for the farm and did not look further. We ordered the tree and planted it.
Marissa has called to find out how the tree was faring. During our effort to plant new trees at the farm, we lost have lost some. It's tricky when you are going back and forth between LA and Tehachapi. Some trees failed because they didn't adjust to the change. Some needed better irrigation. A couple of young trees were snacked by deer and cows. But the fig tree is doing fine. Marissa picked a sunny spot for it where it can be safe from the occasional strong winds of Tehachapi. We can admire the tree right from our porch every day. It is already shooting off new leaves. I can't wait to try its fruit. It would be fun to have Marissa back on the farm when that time comes.