I have a framed saying from years ago when Al started fishing.

It says:  Waiting for the fish takes patience but waiting for the fisherman takes more patience

I’m not refuting that statement because I have fished with this man before.   Casting, reeling, trolling, casting, reeling, trolling.  Hour

lake allen

after hour


after hour

allen lake

Sometimes catching a fish

allen lake

sometimes not.

Talk about patience.

Gardeners must also experience patience.


Patience with weather,



coneflower ratibida pinnata?

and unwanted animals.


But nothing has tried my patience more than a group of trees in my yard.

In 2001, our local conservation office offered pecan tree seedlings for fifty cents each.

They were about one foot tall and I bought five.  They didn’t know the variety but did tell me they were seed grown.

I knew they would take a while to produce pecans.  About eight years the experts said.

Eight years went by and nothing happened.  Nine years.  Ten years.


I had resigned to accept the fact I may never get pecans from these trees.

I began to wonder if they really were pecan trees.

If not, fifty cents was pretty cheap for a shade tree.

So imagine my surprise when Al told me to look in the tree last night.

pecan tree

After thirteen years, it looks like my patience has paid off.

Yes, Blonde Gardener, they do exist.



About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to Patience

  1. wow!!! that had to be a wonderful moment!


  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Very exciting! Suspicion confirmed – you are a little nutty:)


  3. I’ve got a seed grown Meyer Lemon that I’ve given up on. It’s been about 10 years. I allow it to continue to take up space in my yard because at lease it’s the host plant for the Giant Swallowtail.


  4. Dawn says:

    Brenda, your patience has been rewarded! So exciting to find pecans on your trees after so many years! ♡


  5. Fabulous Brenda…I have found if I walk away and don’t care then my garden produces….


  6. bittster says:

    pecan pie, pecan brittle, candied pecans, pecan cookies….. am I jumping the gun? Congrats!


  7. elizabethhartsblog says:

    It’s kind of like finding a golden egg!


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