It seems as though winter has been particularly relentless this season and much of our streets and shady spots are still covered in snow and ice. Spring is equally relentless however, and it is arriving regardless of what winter has to say about it. The buds are breaking open on many of our regions’ trees, signaling the end of winter’s wrath and the beginning of our wondrous and miraculous spring. It’s time to plant!
The tree in the photo is a Maple tree I happened to notice just this afternoon, March 5th. We generally don’t think of Maple trees as flowering trees but there they are, although the flowers are rather insignificant. Night time temperatures are hovering near freezing, yet these Maple and many other tree species are awakening out of winter dormancy and casting out pollen in an orgasmic frenzy.
We are entering a season of incomprehensible change. All around us trees that have rested in cryogenic slumber will begin bursting forth in a cacophony of flowers, leaves, fruits, and seeds. This will all occur in a matter of weeks. Then, nothing much will happen throughout summer’s scorching heat. Take time each day to appreciate the changes occurring all around you, and you might find yourself better connected to the natural wonders that help support human existence on this fragile planet.
The best way to observe these wonders is to have stewardship over them in your own yard! Trees benefit our lives in myriad ways, providing privacy, shade, windbreaks, or just something beautiful to appreciate in our landscapes.
Right now is an excellent time to plant. Trees can be harvested only when dormant and when the ground isn’t frozen. That means they can only be dug in the fall and spring. If spring-dug trees are planted while still dormant, they will “wake up” in your yard hardly noticing that they were moved at all! They avoid the transplant shock that can sometimes occur with summer planting. If you plant flowering trees like Crabapple or Serviceberry, you can enjoy the flowers now without having to wait another winter for your trees to put on a show.
Many of the trees that are appropriate for Colorado’s Front Range are listed with photographs at HappyTrees.co. Pricing is provided, and shopping is easy! Please call with questions or comments, and thank you for your consideration of Happy Trees!