These three Rhododendrons are over one hundred and forty hears old and sit on the front lawns of the homes of three brothers. The original property was owned by my great, great, great grandfather, Benjamin B. Porter. As his sons came of age he divided the land into three equal portions, with the original homestead in the centre. To the North, my great, great grandfather, Adelbert Porter, JP, built his home, and to the south his brother, George Bell Porter built his. On the passing of Benjamin, his youngest son, Alvin inherited the homestead. As was typical of the time, all three sons travelled to what was known as the Boston States for work from time to time. In the late 1870s their wives each brought back a Rhododendron to grace the front of their homes. All three still stand today. I now own the original homestead and my Rhododendron is the one in the middle picture. Its top branches now reach to the second story windows. Each year all three plants come forth in splendour to continue to add beauty and grace to their respective homes, and maintain a sense of continuity; our visible link with the past.