April 30, 2010 by Post Team
Arbor Day:Did you know that we have been celebrating Arbor Day here in the U.S. since the early 1800? It became a national holiday recognizing and plant trees as in 1885, then held on April 22 to celebrate the birthday of the founder of Arbor Day, Julius Sterling Morton. Known as J Sterling Morton, he was a farmer in Nebraska, later becoming Secretary of Agriculture for President Grover Cleveland.
Morton practiced what he preached, planting trees as windbreaks and in an orchard on his farm in Nebraska. He felt it was important to teach others the value of trees, too, and started Arbor Day for school children in Nebraska in 1882. The first year, more than one million trees were planted.
Today Arbor Day is usually celebrated the last Friday in April, but several states have set aside different days, depending on your location. According to this table, showing the date of conclusion of each state, it seems Massachusetts celebrated Arbor Day for a week, it’s a good thing for me. It usually takes me at least a few days to find out where I’m going to plant something new here in our backyard.
I’ve done my part of the celebration of Arbor Day in the past 40 years, and I almost ran out of space and sun to add another tree. I think I will celebrate Arbor Day today by planting a rose bush, as I have one sitting on the backsteps, waiting to sink their roots into the ground. My problem is finding a reasonably sunny spot for any new additions, especially when the label says “plant in full sun.” I make sure to plant them in the sun and work on my tan the same time, but in a few hours, it is likely that the new plant will be the shade of ancient maples, oaks, elms and pines that surround our house.
Have you ever checked out the web site of the Arbor Day Foundation? They have a lot of trees and shrubs for sale, and prices are excellent, if you have the space and few years for his development to a decent size. Be sure to pay close attention to the size of the plants before the end of … seems that you can almost have an entire garden delivered in just one small envelope. I poked around their shrubs control, particularly its collection of azaleas, it seems that you may have to plant them in a thimble, however, because shipping size is 1 “by 3″ outlet … that is 3 inches, not three feet! Yeesha … I’ll never live long enough to see them grow to the size you have in your beautiful pictures.
A word to young people out there. I’ve always regretted not planting this package of 100 Christmas trees that used to sell for something like $ 5.00 years ago. I always wanted to do that, just never got around to it. You are still young enough to buy that stick to one day become a beautiful forsythia or lilac for her grandchildren to enjoy … as ordered would say “this was just a stick when I planted” Do it, that the plant …. today! It’s Arbor Day!
What are you going to plant to make our world a better place?
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