One of my favorite places with trees was my grandparent’s home in Polk County, Florida. Their land was full of trees including several varieties of Palms, Live Oaks and this one huge Monkey Puzzle Tree, they also had an old fashioned formal garden that is so rare to find today. Full of flowers and plants from around the world and native to Florida it was a wonderful sight to behold…
One of the first things my brother and I did once we arrived at our grandparent’s home in Florida was run through the grass to the “garden”. Under the shade of Live Oak, Avocado, and Paperbark Trees we would hide and play and sometimes just sit and image worlds so far away.
I have always been a tree lover and well at times a tree hugger, not that I’ve ever chained myself to a tree but I wished I had… several years ago in the middle of the night our local town had mature oaks cut down from around the circle to make improvements. Seemed that they felt a more cohesive look was needed and the older trees just didn’t fit in the scheme of things. Every time I ride around the circle and see the new trees and landscaping my heart mourns the loss of those old trees.
I have seen trees that I wished I could have talked to; a 400 year old Oak in St. Augustine Florida, a massive Buckeye in Wiscasset Maine and that beautiful dead tree I found on Pinckney Island. Imagine the stories they could tell.