Here is an interesting little story. About the last week of July 2005, I noticed a small branch emerging from one of the old branch scars on the trunk of Jan's tree, which I have christened "Jan." The little branch is about 2 foot below the lower branch on the young tree. It is quite unusual for a tree to spout a new branch out of one of the scars of a previous branch. But here is the little branch, stubborn and strong willed (remind you of anyone?), sporting 4 strong leaves. You can see by the black arrows how the little miracle branches have grown over the last year and a half.
When I first noticed the branch, I truly felt in my heart that it was a sign from Jan letting us know that he was pleased and proud of this memorial tribute to their music, his talents and determination, the inspiration he became to the world and to his memory.
I wish that all the visitors that view this memorial could know and understand what I feel this stubborn little branch represents. Eventually the branch will have to be removed so that the mature shape of the tree will be pleasing, but I'm going to l eave the little branch, "Jan's miracle branch" for a few years.
As you can see by the photo taken in late Summer 2006, "Jan" has truly thrived. Despite the long and very hot Kansas summer, he's filled out quite well for such a young tree. The white arrows show the two small limb buds that have appeared, despite this long hot summer.