Friday, April 1, 2011

Thanking Mother Nature

I've been thinking a bit lately about the many things I am thankful for. This lovely Serviceberry Tree in my backyard came to mind this morning. I am thankful for the cool weather we've been having because the flowers have stayed on it longer than usual this year. I am thankful to Ruth, the wonderful nursery worker at Stranges Garden Center for recommending it, and all her help to me in the past. This tree is native to my area (mid-Atlantic) and makes a lovely patio tree because of its small size (under 25 ft). It produces tiny blue berries in June which are very good for making jam, but I let the birds have them because they love them so much. I especially love the fact that you can easily grow perennials around the base of this tree, so I've read, but I haven't gotten this far with my landscaping yet. The area is still be developed (as you can see!)

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