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Proverbial

September 14, 2010

There is a Greek proverb, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.”  I used to think about that when I sat in the backyard of our old house, looking at our baby Mexican plum tree wondering if I would see it get big.

Today, I stopped by Calloway’s, which is a garden store on the way home from the kids’ school.  Then, I stopped by Walton’s nursery which was on the way to some other errands I was running.  I bought:

One Bur Oak
One Hearts of Gold Redbud
One American (Savannah) Holly
One Red Maple (the native kind)
Four Little Gem Magnolias
One 25-foot tall  Ginkgo and I hope to goodness it is a male.

They are being delivered tomorrow and will be planted on Monday.  I’ve already called to have the sewer and power lines marked.  I’m excited.

From → Garden

3 Comments
  1. Anne Slater permalink

    I’ve been in my house for 8 years, during which time I have planted a Callery Pear, a Norway Maple, a River Birch (a trinitarian tree) and a pin oak (which I rescued from under a hedge when it was 4″ high)

    The first 3 are at least 50 % taller then they were 7,4, and 3 years ago; the pin oak has grown 14 feet in the past 4 years.

    You are doing a mitzvah for the earth. Remember NOT to pile chipped wood around the roots: they need air

  2. Mary Knapp permalink

    Planting trees….it is something humans do. I like to think that God has fun watching us be human, just as we have fun watching our babies be babies or our dogs be dogs.

    A good life would be filled with activities that are uniquely human…cooking and sharing food, dancing, making art, studying rocks, gazing at butterflies, writing, building useful and beautiful things……

  3. Update: the trees are all in the ground, along with another redbud my neighbor gave me. It’s beginning to shape up to be a beautiful yard.

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