Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trees




Last weekend we had one of those storms that come occasionally.  You know the kind that comes in rounds.  The wind was quite brisk and the thunder boomed.  Visibility was poor.  The front ditch was full to the brim.  Thankfully we had just returned home from Williamsburg.  This is the kind of storm you really don't want to be driving through.  The storm came out of nowhere.  Darkness came and the rain continued.  We all were thankful we were back home safe and sound.




I've mentioned I have shady gardens because of large oaks and other trees on our property.  We love all of our trees.  I remember when we bought our property the best thing about it to me was all the beautiful trees.  I remember when the lot was readied for our home they had to remove trees for the house to be built.  My young self cried when I pulled into our driveway to discover many trees had been removed.  Of course they had to be taken down.  Silly me.  Over the years more trees have had to be removed.  We had pines that were not strong that had to be taken down.  I remember our sweet gum trees with a love hate relationship.  If you know the sweet gum balls that fall from this tree you know the pain of picking them up or trying to bribe your children to do it for you.  Trees are important to our environment and each tree we have removed has been a difficult decision for us.  They are monuments as far as I'm concerned.  We no longer have sweet gum trees on our lot as they have been removed.  So much for monuments.



Trees

I think that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain.  

Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer






Do you look out your windows first thing in the morning?  I always do.  What a surprise greeted me on Saturday morning.  A huge limb had fallen between a large oak and our brick planter!  I can't tell you how lucky we feel about this near miss to our planter, much less our home and it didn't even break the clothesline as it fell to the ground.  





After breakfast the guys went out back and proceeded to move the huge limb.  Under the limb was a big dent in the ground.  I'm so thankful no one was under this oak limb! 





We know it's time to have the tree surgeon come and take a really good look at our trees to determine if more limbs need to be removed.




Old stumps can add visual interest and pedestals for pots.  A few have been left , but most have been removed.  We have had over 7 inches of rain this month.  We know this has added to the vulnerability of our trees and their limbs.











44 comments:

  1. I fully enjoyed reading your post. I too am a lover of trees. We live in a desert area and trees are like gold. If they were not planted by someone and irrigated, then they do not exist. We are blessed with many trees on our property that were planted my the first owner, so they are big trees and provide glorious shade.
    Here's wishing you a delightful day, filled with sunshine.
    Connie :)

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    1. Trees really do add so much to our environment. It's wonderful you have them in the desert. I remember visiting the desert and coming upon mesquite trees and enjoying their shade. Have a wonderful day, Connie. Thank you for stopping by. ♥

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  2. Martha Ellen, your post was very sentimental to me, and even got a tear or two reading that poem, and I'll tell you why.....the trees are so special and grand, and they provide us shade and fruit and much more. I've always had a thing for the trees, and appreciate them. Look at your guys working hard trying to move that big old limb. It's so nice that you look out the window first thing in the morning. What a charming picture of your swing. I can see why you are so sentimental when it comes to the trees around your home. I'm sure you've gotten attached to many of them. I'm not familiar with the gum trees and their gum balls. So glad you were safe from the storms, Martha Ellen. This is such a charming post today, and I enjoyed all of it.

    ~Sheri

    ps i love that sweet little angel next to the old stump. : )

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    1. Sheri, we are kindred spirits about so many things. Trees really do enhance our environment in so many ways. I can't imagine our world without them. I think Kilmer's poem was one of the first that I committed to memory as a child. I love it. I hope your week is full of joy, my friend. ♥

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  3. We, too, have been fortunate to not suffer damage to structures, other than a cracked deck railing, over the years as our trees have lost limbs or toppled over. It's always a sad thing to lose a tree, especially one you've grown to love.

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    1. Cathy, it's so sad to see where trees have toppled onto someone's home. We are grateful that we have been spared. We do need to have them checked out to be sure of our safety. Have a nice evening. ♥

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  4. I do marvel at how many limbs fall from trees...tempted to say "float" from trees ...without causing harm to anyone or anything. Thanks be to God. I do not describe trees in quite the same terms as you do, but they sure are wonderful. I also like light. A lot.

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    1. Vee, when those limbs fall it is quite scary. I had an elderly neighbor once tell me it was God pruning them. There was a young man that was killed recently by a limb that fell on him as he walked to his job near the Capitol in DC. I must admit to looking up quite a bit to see if there are dead limbs above. ♥

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  5. I love it .. I understand your sentiment .. I felt the same when we had to remove the liquid Amber from our front yard..

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    1. Krishna, I had to look up Liquid Amber tree as I'd not heard of it---Is it a sweet gum as my research revealed? Have a nice week. ♥

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  6. Oh yes, all that rain really softens the ground and the trees fall. We had one fall a few months ago and thankful missed our house. Your yard reminds me a bit of ours with all it's trees and over the years we have had to cut several down and plant some new ones. We have woods in the back and any one of those tall trees could probably hit our house if it fell. I guess it's a love/fear relationship. And we too got rid of our sweet gums.

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    1. I'm so glad the tree didn't hit your home, Dotsie. That is the scary part of having trees nearby. We had another storm tonight that had me worrying again. Lot's of rain and wind do set up a scary scenario. Have a nice week. ♥

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  7. I empathise fully with you ~ trees have their own special spirit, and to see one taken down breaks my heart. I recently had to have a small apple tree taken down, and I'm having to be sensible about other small trees too.
    We seem to be matching on the weather front ~ although we didn't get the full force, in southern England the lightening strikes were recorded at over 120,000 over twelve hours! Yes, those figures are correct. Can you imagine? It must have been like daylight at times during the night.
    ~~~Deb xoxo

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    1. Deb, we had storms rumble through all last evening that seemed to never die down. I have not checked our rain gauge this morning, but I'm sure we are into record rainfall. I am a great respecter of lightning and that many strikes must have been frightening for those folks. I do hope no one was injured. xoxo ♥

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  8. Wow that's amazing that it missed hitting your planter- a little too close for comfort! We had a maple tree that the original owners of this home had left right in the driveway near the garage. Came home one day with a huge branch down like yours. We had the tree taken down and as it turned out the inside was in real bad shape so it was only a matter of time before more of that was going to haven. I like you love the trees and when we found this house I was immediately drawn to it because of the trees. 7 inches is a lot of rain- I think we've had just over an inch of rain all total in the last month.

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    1. Liz, we are having rain every day now. We are in a storm pattern that is keeping us from even cutting the grass. I've kept a gardening journal for years and we've never had this kind of rain. Grayden just checked the rain gauge and we got over 1 1/4 more inches of rain last night. That bumps our total to over 8 1/2 inches! I do wish I could send some to you. ♥

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  9. My mom is a tree lover too! Besides providing oxygen, trees are beautiful and add beauty to nature!

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    1. My love of trees probably started with my own Mama, Pilar. She loved the trees on our property as well. ♥

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  10. I love when stumps are used in the yard for focal points. I see them all the time used with a potted plant sitting on them. I only have a few of trees in the yard per say but other then one they have been planted in the last twenty years so are not that large. Most of my trees line the creek on the other side but they stretch their limbs out to cover my home. I love it. Thanks for sharing as always.

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    1. Pam, we used to have a lot of stumps, but finally had them removed. The one in the photo looks like an aged piece of driftwood to me. Enjoy your trees. I hear the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. They are gifts to future generations! ♥

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  11. Wow!! It is certainly a blessing that that huge limb did not land on your beautiful brick planter. What would have been quite a loss. Of course, it is a greater blessing that no one was hurt!

    I am long loved the Kilmer poem. Trees are certainly gifts from our Creator!

    Oh my. That's a lot of rain.

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    1. Cheryl, I wondered if you have been in the same storm pattern we have. Our total for the month is now 8 1/2"s! We'll see if that's it for the month as the sky is beginning to have "that" look. Enjoy your afternoon. ♥

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  12. I'm glad it didn't do any damage. We missed the Spring storms and could have used the rain...but glad not to have the bad weather. Enjoy your week sweet lady! Hugs!

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    1. Diane I know you can get wicked storms in Florida. Hopefully you will get gentle spring rains before the oppressive heat comes to your area. Have a nice week. ♥

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  13. Beautifully said. I love trees as well. And glad to hear that you were safe from the storm.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Amalia thank you. Storms seem to be what's on our daily menu this spring. Have a nice week. xo ♥

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  14. Oh my goodness! I'm sorry to hear about your tree. Thankfully, nothing was damaged and no one was hurt. Trees are beautiful, but storms can be very damaging to them. Our trees are all very young and quite small here in my yard. Happy Friday! xx

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    1. Hi Rosinda, we were really fortunate. I do love our trees, but they can do a lot of damage when they lose their limbs. Happy Friday to you as well. xoxo ♥

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  15. Scary when trees comes down or a huge branch. Thank goodness, it didn't ruin anything. You are so right about stumps. We have a large pot, where a tall palm tree was. It is elevated and looks great. I do look out the window too first thing in the morning. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Linda, looking out the window first thing in the morning, tells us a lot about the coming day. I will have to look at your photos to spot your pedestal made from a palm. Sounds very neat. Have a great weekend. ♥

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  16. So very good to hear that no one was even near the limb when it fell and that it did not damage the planter. I look out to the back yard to the tops of the trees every morning to see movement from a breeze. So relaxing while having coffee.

    We are having to remove two very large trees from our yard soon. I love the stumps for planters too and have a lavender plant in one. A stump that I did have a pot on had snakes curled up in the dead roots, well that had to go as I just get chills and freeze when I see a snake.

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    1. Oh Betsy, snakes are not my favorites and your comment reminds me of that feeling. We had a snake startle my husband the other day. He was carrying a tray out to the patio and a black snake was sunning himself on our brick steps. I was not happy about that!
      Sorry to hear you are having to remove two large trees. We need to have our 's looked at to get some large limbs removed.
      Thanks for stopping by. ♥

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  17. I look out of the croft each morning and feel blessed. Thank you so much for your visit and lovely comment. I was pleased to hear no one was hurt when that huge limb fell.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I must now look up the full meaning of croft. We speak the same language, but so much is different. Have a beautiful afternoon. ♥

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  18. Glad to read you are safe and well, and no-one was hurt when the tree came down. As I open the blinds/curtains in the morning the first thing I see is a tree just a little way away ... it is such a wonderful sight, I love trees and the joy and beauty they can provide.

    I did like the photograph of the angel ...

    Sending my good wishes, have a Happy June ... and hope your knee continues NOT to give you pain or discomfort.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Trees are so important to the environment. It's nice to think of you looking out your window and seeing a lovely tree. There is beauty all around us.
      Thank you for your sweet comments, Jan. My knee is doing better, but just not the same. I don't know if it's something I will just have to live with or if it will continue to improve. I do hope your weekend is going well. ♥

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  19. So grateful that the huge limb spared your home and planter box, Martha Ellen! I also love our tall trees, but always worry about them during storms and windy days. Over the years, we have experienced so many lengthy power outages caused by tree limbs falling on our overhead power lines in our neighborhood.

    Hope your weather pattern will change, bringing you sunshine and cool breezes! Martha Ellen, I'm sending you gentle hugs and my warmest wishes for continued healing. With lots of patience and rest, I hope your knee will feel better very soon, my friend! ♡

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    1. Dawn, we have been blessed with beautiful days and no rain. With the 8 1/2 inches of rain in May (a record), we have the happiest of plants.
      For the last few days Grayden and I have walked just over 1/4 mile in our neighborhood. It's not as far as I'm used to, but it's a start. It's amazing how quickly we can lose our stamina! Have a wonderful week, my friend. ♥

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  20. Looks like you were very lucky with the fallen limbs! I envy you your trees because where we built our house was just field with tree along the property line, so the house sits in the sun. We planted a couple maples but thdy ate not too big yet.The house I grew up in had huge weeping willows on each side which created shade for a lot of the yard. Unfortunately, willows break easy and they eventually had to be cut down. Weve been getting a lot of that rain here in Ohio too, not too strong storms get. Still spring like but summer is coming. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Barbara, we are so lucky we have trees, even though we need to take care of them. Maples do grow quite quickly and will give you shade soon. Also they are the prettiest trees in the fall with their colorful leaves. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week. ♥

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  21. I'm so glad to hear that tree branch did not cause any damage, Martha Ellen! Sadly I know someone who was killed by a falling tree branch during a storm in Brooklyn. It was such a sad and unbelievable tragedy. I've heard the east coast has had a lot of rain this spring...highly unusual. I hope the worst of it is over and your summer will be nice form now on.
    PS The first thing I see in the morning when I lift my bedroom shade is the "hogback" mountain that rims our valley to the east. Dinosaur bones were found there!

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    1. Hi Pat, that's so sad when one of those limbs falls on someone. It's exactly why this limb scared me so badly. We were so fortunate.
      How grand it must be to have such a view to greet you each morning! Have a wonderful day. ♥

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  22. Oh I don't like driving through that kind of rain either. So scary! And I'm glad that more damage wasn't caused by the falling limb! Years back, my parents-in-law's living room was badly damaged when a huge maple went over in a storm - on top of their living room addition. I feel the same way you do about trees, I think. It was hard for me to even allow the tree trimmer to trim one of our huge maples. For so long it looked like broccoli without the flowerettes. Very sad. And over the years we've lost some huge oaks and spruce in our wind break. We've one very tall spruce left, where the neighboring eagles like to perch, to keep an eye on the kitties lounging in the screen room. Beautiful planter, Martha Ellen. Isn't summer/near summer wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Judy, we're having cooler temperatures this week but by the weekend summer will be here with temperatures in the 90's. It's a great time to work in the garden and finish up spring chores before the heat and humidity arrives. I'm so glad you are enjoying the nice weather.
      That is too bad about your in-laws living room. We see those stories on the news and feel so badly for these home owners.
      Watch out for the kitties being spied by the eagles-Yikes.
      Have a great weekend. ♥

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