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#SATurday: The Secret Garden of Trees
Let’s talk about trees for a moment. Why? Well, because I love them, and I often share my love for them on my Facebook and during my monthly Website Wonders – like these posts A Majestic Cathedral Made of Living, Breathing Trees, 12 Amazing Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take a Walk Through, and 16 of the Most Magnificent Trees in the World.
I’m not sure where my appreciation and admiration for trees began, but the first tree I remember loving was an old pear tree at my grandparents’ home. It was the only consistent home in my childhood, seeing as I moved around constantly while regularly visiting my grandparents during the summers and holidays. Mainly during Christmas. Which is why this pear tree memory stands out.
It was either the fall or spring, during that time of the year where it’s too cool to be summer and too warm to be winter. It was night too – which is even odder considering I can tell I’m very young, mainly by my lack of height in the memory. Everything was much taller than it should’ve been, and I have a feeling I shouldn’t have been outside, but I always have been a bit of a rebel, a bit of an explorer, a bit of an obsesser. When I get focused, I can’t get unfocused, so it’s highly likely that I snuck out – off the porch and around the bend to the place that I can only describe as a secret garden of trees (at least, in my child’s mind).
In truth, it was a makeshift grove, tucked away at the corner of the house, sheltered by the brick walls and a stone patio. The pear tree encompassed the little lot, and it hid a cracking, cement birdbath, something that equally fascinated me despite the fact that I never saw it being used. Even so, I loved sneaking into this spot, and almost every time, my mother caught me and told me I wasn’t allowed back there – something about it being right next to my great grandmother’s bedroom.
I probably only snuck back there a few times, but I still remember lying on the damp cement – staring up at the pears and the light spotting on them through the leaves – while fallen pears rotted around me. Nothing at all could’ve bugged me – not even the bugs – and I find that many trees have that effect on me.
Later in my life, we had a Dogwood tree, and a blackberry tree, and a willow tree, and a forest of all kinds of trees near me – at separate times but near me nonetheless. This morning, I noticed my neighbor has a red flowering tree – something I haven’t been able to see until recently considering I moved in during the winter. The colors are appearing – one at a time – all over my walk from my home to the coffee shop where I often write, and I am taking note of all the trees that accompany me along the way, and if I had to say anything at all, I’m just glad not every beautiful tree is locked away, tucked away, or hiding away in a secret garden.
17 thoughts on “#SATurday: The Secret Garden of Trees”
I love trees Shannon. Not just the tree lore/symbolism but you can feel the different energy – ‘medicine’ for different times/cycles. Pear is said to represent longevity, justice, strength, fruitfulness and salvation.
Oh, wow! I didn’t know that about the pear tree, but that’s really neat now. 😀
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Thank you for sharing! Loved your tweet this morning.
My pleasure,Shannon ! Funny thing,the same time you were loving my tweet, I was writing you an email ! 🙂
Beautiful Shannon. Thanks for sharing this with us. You paint such a vivid picture of your memories and feelings about trees. I love trees too – although I live in a big city, it does have a lot of trees which makes all the difference. 🙂
I’m so glad you enjoy reading about my memories and sharing yours. 😀 Where I lived in Kansas – for the past few years – didn’t have a lot of trees, but the area I live in Missouri has tons! And it’s so nice to see them again. 😀
Hi Shannon, as interesting as you always are. You may be interested in this page from my blog, I’ve been photographing a tree just outside my gate for a few years.
Thanks for your blog it is always a fascinating read.
Thank you, Tim! I will definitely check this out. 😀
Trees are great. Climbing, resting under, bases for tag, and a great source of free toy swords after a windy day. 🙂
That sounds like a fantastic afternoon to me! 😀
The fun of youth. On a weekend that was an entire day. Though I’ll admit that eating in a tree is not as easy as squirrels make it look.
What lovely thoughts! We had a peach tree in my yard. In summer you could hear the birds that gathered, all down the block.
Oh, wow! How beautiful!
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