As summer approaches we start to reap the benefits of our tree planting efforts. A swing strategically placed in the shade of a canopy tree is a special respite for the weary. (Trust me on this one. ) Of course, tree planting is an act of investing in the future, too….maybe for our grandchildren or a young family that finds themselves living on the land of the planter.
“What must always be realized is the significance of planting and gardening with trees. These are not just pretty plants putting on a seasonal show, they are among the biggest of the Earth’s organism, their time scale is often far beyond that of their planters, and they affect inumerable other organisms to become ecosystems in their own right. In the garden, they either make possible or inhibit what else we wish to grow, and in the way they absorb or reflect the light and move with the wind, seem to be a living part of everythinng that happens. They are not to be played with lightly? (Quote by Allen Paterson, Best Trees for Your Garden, Firefly Books, 2003)
As the daytime temperatures pass the 90F mark, my focus on the coming weeks will be to provide the moisture that my spring tree plantings require, and I will daydream about other plantings to come when November rolls around.