I used to plant tons of trees, when I had a lot of acreage–I love
forests. But I was so disappointed to learn the people who bought my
home in Oklahoma clearcut most of the trees. Beautiful pines, helped to
stop erosion on the hillside, and they provided homes for birds, beauty,
solitude. There’s no prettier sound than wind blowing through a forest
and hearing the rustle of branches or pine needles.
We have old forest in and around our neighborhood. Most new home
developments, they just clearcut the trees, leaving barren land. But
here, I have several old pines. And behind me, one of my neighbors has
beautiful oaks. He wants to cut them down. Why? Because they drop leaves
and twigs and he has to pick them up. Really? He has to cut the grass
too! Maybe he should dig it up?
In Texas heat, shade trees are at a premium. They’re beautiful. You
see them towering a hundred feet above the homes. Why would you want to
cut them down??? I had to have one of the pine trees taken down because
it had died, but that’s the only reason to do so, or if the roots are
getting into the foundation.
But with such a small lot, which I’m thankful for in that it’s much
easier to water and maintain, I’m restricted to small shrubs and flowers
and such for the most part. Though….I’d like to get some more crepe
myrtles, they’re like small trees.
I have planted all of the flowers here, the zinnias from seeds which
should turn into flowers soon, the marigolds and daylilies and Mexican
heather, the dianthus, and much more. Many will come back next year as
they’re perennials. Many will reseed and return even if they’re annuals.
I started last year with the daylilies and a few salvia and
coneflowers, and the builders had planted coreopsis and snapdragons. So
each year, the flowerbeds should be even more beautiful. Oh, and
They’re coming up from the seeds dropped by the birds, but I
love seeing them in the garden as they remind me of my father who used
to plant them.
What I love about the flowers, besides the color and vibrancy, is
that the honeybees, bumblebees, hummingbirds and butterflies love them.
So think about Earth Day, and if you can, plant something to give back to nature.
Have a lovely day!
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