When 84-year-old Mary Grams realized her diamond engagement ring was missing from her finger after pulling weeds in her garden in 2004, she was sure it was gone for good.
But Tuesday, Grams got a one-carat surprise: the diamond ring has been found...13 years later...in her garden...on a carrot.
"I recognized it right away," Grams said.
"We looked high and low on our hands and knees,” she told CBC News. “We couldn't find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it."
Her husband Norman gave the ring to her when he proposed in 1951, a year before they were married. After searching with no success, Grams quietly replaced it with a smaller ring without letting her husband know.
"I didn't tell him, even, because I thought for sure he'd give me heck or something," she said.
At the time Grams lived on a farm near Armena, Canada. She’s since moved to Camrose, but the farm has been in the family for 105 years and they still maintain a garden there.
It was Grams’ daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, who plucked the lucky carrot from the ground.
"I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law," Daley said, "because no other women have lived on that farm.
"I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot," she said.
"If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the (ring). It was pretty weird looking," Daley said. "I've never seen anything like that."
Grams’ husband died five years ago, a month after the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She said she’s looking forward to wearing the original ring.
"I'm going to wear it because it still fits," she said.