Today I'm talking about trees. Most of us have them in our garden or nearby. Do you have a fondness for any kind of tree? Or maybe there is one you don't like?
I don't like sweetgum trees. Mostly I don't like them because there is a park near my mother's house that I love to walk but the there are so many prickly seed balls on the path that I'm afraid I will fall and get hurt.
Apparently I'm not the only person that doesn't care for this tree. I just read an article entitled, "The Most Dangerous Tree in the Suburbs". Although the balls produce food for finches and other small birds, I wonder if it's worth it. Each ball only has 2 seeds in it. You can read the article here.
However, there are plenty of folks who think the sweet gum is magnificent and some articles on defending the tree. Here's one article you can check out.
I'm always happy with my Pee Gee Hydrangea Tree. It is manageable and blooms from the end of July into the fall.
here's a photo when it was young:
Probably the most surprising tree in my adulthood is the Tulip Tree. In summer, I spent a lot of time at Girl Scout camps when I was a teen. I taught kids how to identify certain trees by their leaves including the tulip tree.
Bit G.S. camp begins after the school year. I was shocked when I visited her home a few years ago and saw her Tulip Tree in full bloom. It was magnificent. The tree was full of cup shaped flowers and I must have taken a dozen or more photographs of it. Those photographs are long gone but just imagine a tree full of these blooms:
It enchanted me at the time and I wish I had the space to have on in my garden. The tree blooms April to June which is why I never saw the flowers.
What is your favorite tree?
Have a wonderful weekend!