Friday, May 2, 2008

Mother Nature

We, as gardeners, like to think we are in control of our domain. But we aren't. That's a myth. Mother nature is in control. And sometimes she plants trees where she wants.
Doesn't matter what we think.

For example. Mother Nature deposited this tiny seed right next to our little pond. Prince Charming insisted we leave it right where Mother Nature planted it. Now, several years later, this tulip tree is a perfect addition to the pond, providing the perfect amount of shade for this area. And the best part, it was free. Thank you, Mother Nature.

Mother Nature wasn't quite so picky as to where she placed this buckeye tree. And see that other "tree trunk"? My sister, Carol thinks that might actually be from the old grape vine that our dad had growing along this fence back in the 70's.

If you look closely, you can kind of see the vine snaking up through the trees.

Isn't this cool? I never noticed the buckeye blooming before. If only Mother Nature had depositing this seedling in the middle of the yard rather than in the back corner hidden by other trees and "stuff".

Here's another Mother Nature dirty trick.

Depositing this red bud tree in such a way that it is forced to grow through the fence. I have tried and tried to kill this thing. I tried to trim it back to the point I was sure it would die. BUT, it persevered, coming back stronger than ever. I probably should have chopped it down, but it's position by and through the fence and in the corner of the house would make it pretty difficult to use a saw on this tree. PLUS, I find it hard to think of cutting down a perfectly good tree that has battled so hard to stay alive. It would be damaging to my soul.

Besides, it's kind of pretty peaking out there from under the eaves, don't you think?

So Mother Nature. I surrender. You may take control. But be nice, please?


Christine said...

Yes, but I have a hundred little Elm, Catalpa, and Maple trees coming up in my flower beds. I always save the Redbud seedlings to transplant to the front yard, though. I like your little Redbud, and I agree, if it wants to live that badly, let it grow!!

Charmaine said...

Sherry, I just love your writing!

vonlafin said...

I would cut the fence away from the trunk of the redbud and let it grow!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We have oodles of Mother-Nature-planted trees in our garden too Sherry. You just never know what she will be planting where.

Laurie and the rest of 'em said...

whew, blogger finally let me leave a comment on your blog!
I love all of your trees and nature. Will you tell Mother Nature that I need a tulip tree here at my house?
have a super weekend!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

The tree by the pond is perfect. Way to go Mother Nature.

Kristen said...

Such beautiful pictures!

I just love spring, everything blooming no matter where God put it.

Love it!

Dannalie said...

Love the pictures!
I am house hunting and I hope to find a place where I can plant some great tree and flowers.

Have a wonderful spring weekend!

Mel said...

Mother Nature sure knows best ;)
Hope she aims better when planting seeds in the future :)

mon@rch said...

Mother Nature seems to trump everything we end up doing!