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Planting Trees For Another Reason
May 31, 2016
In my busyness, I forgot to mention that this week's letter would come on Tuesday, instead of Monday (Memorial Day).
I also forgot to mention how important it is to pay tribute to our fallen (and living) heroes.
That is after all the whole reason behind Memorial Day as a National holiday.
Back on track.
This past week saw temperatures in the upper 80's (Fahrenheit) with humidity and some rain.
No serious storms here.
Everything is finally planted, that is until I come across that next gotta have plant.
Gardeners, you know how it is.
Birds are busy feeding nestlings and fledglings.
Fledged robins can be seen and heard all over now.
Sadly the month of May must come to an end.
Speaking of birds.........
The first of a new month begins and that means cleaning your feeders, if you still have them out.
A good scrubbing, cleaning, sanitizing and rinsing helps to insure the health of your birds and the new batch of juveniles that parents will bring to your yard.
This week I give you a bit of a new reason to plant trees.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Just think, most species of trees planted 20 years ago are now providing shade.
A cool place for you to sit and relax under.
That same tree may be providing you with fruits or nuts that you care for and harvest.
Or, you were thinking ahead, and even now you may be planting trees as a renuable resource.
A tree that was planted 20 years ago may now provide nesting sights for more than one species of bird.
Who doesn't enjoy watching a family of birds hatch, fledge and grow up in your yard?
Feeding on protein rich insects.
Seeds, acorns and other nuts.
Fruiting trees (choke cherry and such).
All because of that tree.
Trees also provide shelter for birds during storms.
Not to mention squirrels love trees.
Cottonwood provide copious amounts of down for nests.
And if your tree(s) are deciduous, think of all the free mulch (leaves) they give you every fall.
Depending where you live, your native trees offer much for your indigenous wildlife.
I'm not simply referring to birds and squirrels.
You want to plant a host tree or two for some of your native butterflies.
It is well known, that monarchs need milkweed as a host plant.
That Pipevine Swallowtails need the Pipevine as a host.
You may want to do some research and find some host plants and trees for butterflies in your region.
Here is an example or three.
Pacific willow is a host for Mourning Cloaks, Western Tiger Swallowtail, and several other western species of butterfly.
Various willows,aspen, cottonwood, elm play host to Mourning Cloaks throughout the rest of the butterfly's region.
Wild cherry, oak, poplar, hawthorn, willow are hots for the Red Spotted Purple butterfly.
Various species of Oak (Quercus spp.) are hosts to 9 or more species of Hairstreak butterflies.
Not to mention the California Sister butterfly and many more.
(Western Tiger Swallowtail)
Question Mark butterflies lay eggs on elm, hackberry, as well as other plants.
Redberry, California Coffeeberry, California Lilac, Holly-leafed Cherry all host the Pale Swallowtail.
Zebra Swallowtail butterflies need Paw Paw trees as a host plant.
Are you getting the idea?
Plain and simple.......................
Flowers are great for attracting and feeding butterflies.
However, butterflies need host plants to reproduce the next generation of butterfly.
If you want more butterflies, you need to provide host plants.
Often the host is as plain as
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
(Below is a Viceroy butterfly and the larvae of a Tiger Swallowtail.)
“There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation, hard work,
Learning from failure.”
General Powell should know a thing or two on this subject.
You don't make the rank of a four star general, become Chief of Staff (retired), no matter what, if you don't prepare, plan work and learn.
God's word has a thing or two on the subject as well.
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established."
"Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor. The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment."
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
The grandson thought about it for a minute
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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