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Plant a Tree!

Let’s celebrate Arbor Day!!

If you live in the USA and you click on this link, https://www.arborday.org/states/ , you will find a map that tells you what kinds of trees grow well in your area.

Are you near water?
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Are you in a tropical area?
Does it get real cold and snow where you live?
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Do fruit or nut trees thrive where you are?

The Arbor Day Foundation suggested other ways, besides planting, to celebrate the proliferation and appreciation of our trees. Here are things we can do from the safety of our homes:

  • Connecting with teachers in your area to raise students’ awareness of Arbor Day with online lessons related to trees.
  • Researching the history of the day.
  • Writing a poem about trees, or drawing a picture of your favorite tree.
  • Sponsoring a contest of students’ drawings using photos of their artwork submitted by the students. 
  • Reading a book about trees and then donating it to a library, a school, a teacher, or a child. 
  • Educating yourself and others about caring for trees, proper pruning, and planting times.
  • Bringing Arbor Day inside with container gardening, herb plants, or a bonsai tree.
  • Making plans for planting projects, so that when you can execute them, you’ll be all set to go!

Favorite Trees

What are your favorite trees? Here are some of mine:

  1. Evergreen – they are solid and unchanging, providing shelter for birds and small animals, giving us a sense of greenness year round.
  2. AspenAspen trees are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the Northern Hemisphere, extending south at high-altitude areas such as mountains or high plains. They are all medium-sized deciduous trees reaching 49–98 ft. tall. The Aspen is noted for its ability to regenerate vegetatively by shoots and suckers arising along its long lateral roots.
  3. Bur and Chestnut Oak Tree – Bur oak or mossycup oak is a North American deciduous tree widely distributed across the U.S., Southeastern Montana, and Northeastern Wyoming. Chestnut oak is a member of the white oak group with chestnut-like leaves. The chestnut oak is noted for its ability to survive on steep, rocky sites where other oaks in its range cannot. Foliage unfurls pink and becomes silvery before finally becoming dark green. The chestnut oak is also known for its beautiful silvery-white bark.
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Evergreens… pine, spruce, juniper and cypress
Beware, though, because they grow tall and spread out!
When these trees were planted around our house,
the house was visible… not anymore!
We have an aspen in the front of our house –
It rarely changes color to this beautiful gold.
The leaves just freeze before fall comes in full glory.
But the ones planted a little farther from the house are beautiful.
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Are these Aspen?
These are Aspen, for sure.
We see groves like this when we go riding on our ATV in the fall.
I love the shape of the oak leaves!

This oak tree had to have been planted at least a hundred years ago! They grow slowly… but they become massive and majestic. See why they are treasured for the shade they provide?

What is YOUR favorite tree?
Better get started now…
Happy Planting.
Happy Arbor Day!

Give some tree the gift of green again.

Let one bird sing.

—From “When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

     translated by Naomi Lazard

See ya later.
I’m gonna go sit under a tree and sing.
Virtual Hugs,

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Comments on: "Plant a Tree!" (23)

  1. An excellent ode to the tree. My favourite is the oak

  2. Trees, trees, trees 🎶 🎶 how happy they make me! I love Aspens. And the beautiful trees blooming in SW MO are literally making me tear. 🙃 yet, all I want to do is lay under them. 🌲

  3. We have planted 5 trees this Spring! The Dogwoods are in bloom now. They are stunning. Ever heard the Legend of the Dogwood?

    • Yes, the dogwood was my dad’s favorite tree. He had the Legend of the Dogwood framed and hanging on a wall next to the window facing his trio of them in his yard. I should have listed them as one of my favorites!

      • Beautiful memory. My favorite place for them is where I grew up—Charlottesville, VA. It is FULL of dogwoods right now. They are gorgeous, and my most favorite memory of my childhood hometown.

      • What a beautiful place to grow up! Bob & I visited there about 10 years ago. We loved it! 💕

  4. Fran McNeill said:

    This brought to mind the beautiful poem “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree” by Joyce Kilmer. As a child growing up in North Carolina, my two favorites were the dogwood and magnolia. Thanks Jan.

    • Ah, I love them both. One other reader mentioned Dogwood and I shared up there in her comment about my history with Dogwood. Thanks for sharing, Fran. Have a Fabulous Friday.

  5. Elaina Colby said:

    I love my Dogwood blossoms and my neighbor’s magnolia is being but messy. I’ve always wanted to plant a Wisteria. Those flowers are gorgeous!

    • I love all those, too. See my comment earlier about my history with Dogwood trees. Thanks for responding, LainaLainaLaina ❤️👍🏽

  6. The weeping willow has always been my favorite tree but when I went on our road trip last year I fell in love with all the different trees all across the United States. I love the trees that have the hanging moss on them down in the southern states.

  7. Cool day!

    • Yes, it is a worthy cause. We need to protect our earth – and caring for/planting trees is one way to do it! Thanks for visiting and commenting, Eliza. Have a Fabulous Friday! <3

      • A lot of the trees that used to be in our garden have died, broken or been cut down. Mostly the former. I miss them all…

      • I told my hubby, “No way!” When he talked about cutting down one of our pine trees!

      • Good! It’s a shame to lose them unless you need to for house stability etc. My friend had to pay a thousand to cut her trees and has to scrimp for a bit because of that. So many need to be cut due to stability and safety. So many die or are knocked down by the storms… I’m glad you have your trees…

      • I’m glad we have them, too. But we did lose two aspen on the west side of the house. Always sad when that happens.

      • 💕💕💕

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