“It’s magical trees
Dapple the sun as they sway with each lazy breeze
They’ll set your mind at ease”
Do these words sound familiar? They’re from Carly Simon’s song, “The Garden”. Lyrics by Jacob Brackman, music by Carly Simon; 1971 Quackenbush Music Ltd./Kensho Music.
It’s the first week of spring, and I’m in one of those “reflective moods”. It seems just yesterday that it was fall, then a short, relatively dry winter, and then boom! Spring. A time of renewal and rejuvenation. I invite our readers to take some time, “come into the garden”, stroll along, breath in the cool, clean air, and absorb the many wonders of spring — The tiny, tender emerging leaves and the crisp pink and white buds bursting as they trumpet Spring is Here. Spring is here!
As you may have read, my blogging partner, colleague, and friend passed on February 5, 2012.
In addition to being an incredible writer, Vicky was an Arborist, and the Executive Director of EcoLandscape California. She was also the creative force behind the 2012 Conference and Trade Show, “ECO-EVOLUTION: The New California Landscape”, held on January 28, 2012, at the Heidrick Ag History & Event Center in Woodland. Vicky’s health was declining rapidly, so she was unable to attend the conference; however, it was dedicated to her, and I was able to share the following passage with her that was included in the dedication:
“Oak Trees come out of acorns, no matter how unlikely that seems. An acorn is just a tree’s way back into the ground. For another try. Another trip through. One life for another.”
– Shirley Ann Grau
During our day-to-day travels together consulting with clients, teaching at workshops, conducting irrigation assessments, and oftentimes breaking out into song while driving from one place to another, Vicky and I stopped one day to marvel at the majestic structure of this Oak tree. (We were also thankful to see that it was being protected from nearby construction with the orange fencing so the Oak may continue to provide shade beneath its boughs from the hot summer sun.)
I promised Vicky that her commitment to our environment and ecologically-responsible landscapes would continue. I’ll use water efficiently in the landscapes that I design, help implement, and provide care over time. I’ll reduce waste, prevent pollution, and help support the integrity of our ecosystems, especially our creeks, streams, and rivers. Vicky’s passion and love of all things green will live on through me and each of you who are reading this blog.
Do you, Blue Thumb Bloggers, have someone who currently is or has been your garden guide – that person who shares their gardening successes and knowledge with you? Who is that person who’s made such an impression on you? What nuggets of priceless information and experience have they imparted to help you be a more ecologically-responsible gardener?
Until next time,