Wednesday Vignette: Dreaming Trees

Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre' 2014

Ficus afghanistanica ‘Silver Lyre’ planted 2014


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world

would go to pieces,

I would still plant my apple tree.”


Martin Luther


Star Magnolia 2015

Star Magnolia planted 2015


“My own heroes are the dreamers,

those men and women who tried to make the world

a better place than when they found it,

whether in small ways or great ones.

Some succeeded, some failed,

most had mixed results…

but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it.

Win or lose,

I admire those who fight the good fight.”


George R.R. Martin


Crepe Myrtel 2015

Crepe Myrtle planted 2015


“Most of the important things in the world

have been accomplished

by people who have kept on trying

when there seemed to be no hope at all.”


Dale Carnegie




Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


Do you plant trees?  Planting a tree, whether for yourself or someone else, is one of the most powerful gestures one can make to assure a happy and healthy future.  Here are just a few of the trees we’ve planted over the last five years.


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The Arbor  Day Foundation sponsors several worthwhile programs to ensure that more community trees are planted each year.  The one which has my interest right now is “Neighborwoods Month.” October is a great time of year for planting trees in our region.   

Perhaps you will consider planting a tree or two of your own between now and the end of October. 

Here is the child’s tree dedication prayer recited in Philadelphia at the planting of a new community tree: 

” We dedicate this tree to beauty, usefulness, and comfort. 

May our lives grow in beauty, usefulness, and comfort to others

even as these trees expand their leafy boughs. 

Let us strive to protect and care for them

and they may so be enjoyed by all people…”









About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Wednesday Vignette: Dreaming Trees

  1. LOVE The slide show – fav quote today is luther’s – ((plant that tree dear Martin) and the silver lyre photo had the silver glisten and the verticals were lovely.

    • Thank you, Yvette. Luther’s quote is always special to me… a good antidote to any political season! The Silver Lyre is one of my absolute favorites! It nearly budded out on old wood this year, but a late freeze zapped it. So far, it is coming back from its roots annually. Hope you’re well ❤ ❤ ❤

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