Friday, April 30, 2010

Arbor Day in Michigan

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
Hal Borland

Today is Arbor Day in Michigan; it's always the last Friday in April. Across the country the date changes because of the temperatures for the region.
I'm not a radical tree hugger, I'm not really a radical anything. I guess I like to take the middle road, but I do believe in planting trees.

Whenever I move to a new house one of the first things I do is to plant a tree. Sometimes more than one. I like shade trees like maples and oak, and I love the beauty of flowering trees like the flowering crab, redbud, dogwood, thundercloud plum, and weeping cherry. But my all time favorite to plant at a new home is the pine. If you know anything about Michigan you know we have a lot of different pines. The Eastern white pine is our state tree. We love our pines and take pride in them. There are so many different types. For me the most majestic is the blue spruce.

I'm not planting any trees this year, and that makes me feel sad. The house isn't really mine anymore, and the next house is not mine yet, either. So I guess I'm in "tree limbo." You can bet as soon as I move into my new house, even though it will already be filled with pines of the north woods, I will find a place to plant more trees.
What will you do for Arbor Day?

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