Friday, April 03, 2020

What’s Coming Up In The Garden, 17: our beloved oaks

So, technically the oaks aren’t coming up in the garden, they lived here before anyone did and they offer me inspiration, comfort, shelter, art, and more on a daily basis.

Yesterday I was filling a water trough in the back pasture when I looked up. What a sight, all the oaks leafing out, their tassels blowing in the wind, floating in water, clustering on the ground. It’s a sight, and a joy, to see them leafing out.

Between the oaks of various species, the tulip poplars, the sweet gum, maple, and pine, we live in an enchanted forest of sorts. While fall is my absolute favorite season, and spring second favorite, I love the shapes of our trees’ winter branches against the sky, and in spite of biting insects and heat, our summers are like living in a jungle thanks to our magnificent trees. We can’t see anything outside the farm when the trees are fully leafed out, and they filter the sounds of other people and their comings and goings.

Looking ahead, I saw our home, which includes the barn, and I thank the goddesses that it’s so close to our house. This is my ecosystem. I love it.

And on a different note, or maybe just an outlying part of the ecosystem, I finally hung my apiary sign yesterday. A lovely artist from Etsy made it for me last fall. It’s been hanging in the garage for some unknown reason ever since.

She painted her interpretation of my favorite pollinator plant, spotted horsemint, monarda punctata. 


Grey Horse Matters said...

It all looks lovely. Our trees are just starting to bud but hopefully they will leaf out soon. My favorite tree is one in our front yard. Its a maple that must be a few hundred years old and I was told by a few people they think its the oldest tree in town.

billie said...

Wow - love your maple and its elder status! Hope you see some leaves soon, and glad to hear from you because that means you must be okay.

Grey Horse Matters said...

We're fine. Just rainy and gloomy here. I hope you all stay safe too.

billie said...

Thank you - I’m glad you’re fine up there!