Celebration Of Love Of Trees, Forests and Woodlands | Arbor Day

"For in the true nature of things,if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."

~Martin Luther (1483-1546)

I couldn't agree more with the Monk; trees are truly precious!

The tree shown above is known as 'Methuselah', is a 4,850 year old
Bristlecone Pine - one of the oldest trees on Earth!

A large blooming magnolia tree with its giant pink blossoms
Trees are beautiful and amazing, and we need to find more ways 

to preserve and be good stewards to them.
They are the the helpful cleansing 'organs' of the earth's eco-biome.
 Learn why we should plant trees.

Happy Arbor Day!
Please consider to plant a tree today (or over the weekend!)

For more information on trees, their importance, as well as where to find them,
and how to plant and care for them, visit the  Arbor Day Foundation website.

A jacaranda tree in glorious purple bloom.

Have some arboreal fun and view the slideshow tour of the world's oldest trees!
And hope you'll plant one (or ten) of your own.

from my spot under the tree, 


  1. Sitting under a tree, shaded from the hot sun, reading a book. Now that sounds good.

  2. oh, you said it MikeB - I love sitting under a tree, reading with the trunk as my backrest!

  3. I don't recall ever doing this, but it sure sounds nice. Well, I have to go to sleep soon -- I have spent a lot of time in the past 2-3 hours doing medical research online.

  4. Just a thought:

    I'd like to sit under a tree with you
    And look upon your lovely eyes,
    Those eyes so bright that they, I'm sure,
    Will complement and light the skies.

  5. and a lovely thought it is! thank you for your sweet poem MikeB.

  6. Hi Stephanie,
    My mind and hands have been focused and at work on various issues, so I have not thought about your blog for a long time. Just thought to check it out now. I like the new design. I read several of your recent -- and inspiring -- posts. I hope you are doing well.

  7. Hey MikeB! So good to hear from you! Happy to know you are still enjoying my posts. ;-) Thanks for noticing the new design, and thanks for the thumbs up on that. I'm doing well, but making changes in many aspects of work and life - and hoping they will be good ones. Sending all best energies your way and hope you stop by again soon! stephanie-

  8. Well, here I am again. Yes, your new design is very nice. I am up late, as usual. I am doing some reading on plants and ground covers that need minimum water, since my wife and I will be doing some planning later today prior to putting in a garden on the small bare patch of land in our front yard. It is desperately in need of beautification.

    1. Hello, again, MikeB! Always a pleasure. Hoping your shopping trip was successful. So geat to know you're looking to be more water-wise with your garden plant selections, excellent! Feel free to share what you found, so that others can learn about some low-water choices. Enjoy a great weekend!

  9. Among the plants we bought are the two below which are: "low H20 drought tolerant; full to part sun 4-6 hours daily; water 2-3 times a week until established"
    -- Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow
    -- Polygala Petite Butterfly
    We have been watering them every day for quite a few weeks, up until this weekend. Now we are watering less, and we will see how they do. Our soil is not very good, although we put good soil in the holes we dug for the plants. We are back to having no rain for the past couple of months.

  10. Stephanie, I hope you are enjoying your summer. My wife went to visit her relatives in Southern California for one week while I stayed home to get a lot of work done around the house. She got home five days ago, and since then we have enjoyed spending time with each other, including taking in two movies.

  11. Greetings, MikeB! Having a lovely Summer, thanks, and seems as though you are as well!
    After your house work and your wife's trip, you're lucky to be able to spend time enjoying each other's company and relaxing. (the best part of Summer)
    And way to go on the plantings! What wonderful (water-wise)choices. Both beautiful, and that sweet pea shrub is just delightful and long blooming.
    Enjoy all the 'fruits of your labors', so to speak, and a beautiful Summer!
    Thanks for your comments.