Planting for the Future

Tree lined road at NYBG in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Tree lined road at New York Botanical Garden (Photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Like silent sentries watching over us, the majestic trees spread across our landscape are hardly given a moments notice. But notice we should. Have you ever considered who lined our country roads with ancient trees? Were the ancestors that planted them thinking of future generations as they tended to each delicate sapling? I’d like to think so.  As a tree geek who never walks – or drives – anywhere without looking at what is growing around me, I confess to getting really excited when I spot a stately old tree with immense girth and limbs reaching toward the universe. I always wonder about its history . . . [Read more…]

Embraceable Pines

The smoky blue needles of White pine in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

The smoky blue needles of White pine (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I grow a lot of evergreens; from shrubs right up to the big spruces, and let’s face it-some of those needles are downright nasty.  When I have to prune my blue spruce or low growing junipers, it’s ouch, ouch, ouch-even with gloves. So, when I find a pine that doesn’t prickle, why I just have to get a little closer to inspect and fondle it.  And one tree that welcomes caressing is our native white pine, Pinus strobus, a fast grower with stroke-able frosty grey-green needles that stand erect from the tips of multiple branches.  White pine is a dependably stalwart tree known to grow for hundreds of years (Syracuse, NY, has a tree dated over 450 years old) growing to heights exceeding 200 feet.  I planted one in 2002 and it has grown from 3 feet to over 20 feet with no special care or fertilizing. [Read more…]