Hi Ildi and Tracy....well it is after 1:00 am. so I'm getting ready for snoozeville. lol
Ildi, I wonder if your bottlebrush is the same kind as mine? It too has red brushes that look similar to the bottle brushes once used to clean baby bottles. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies and gets quite large. I will post a picture of it when it starts blooming although it is deciduous. I trimmed it but didn't do a very good job cause one side is not as full now. Hopefully it will catch up to the other side. haha!
Tracy, what a great idea to use your pine trees as privacy screens....it probably won't take them long to sprout up tall. I think the limb of a magnolia tree that me and my mom rooted and planted is now going to bear flowers!! YIPPEE! I will post a picture when (and if) it does. Every year we see the new leaves uncurling and think they are flowers but they weren't. However this time it looks like it's going to be flowers!! 7-8 years ago I ordered some trees from the Arbor Society and about 5 'sticks' arrived and when I say sticks I mean it. LOL They had different colors painted to signify the different ones and all but one died. It is about 3 ft tall but was planted in the shade so maybe it's growth was stunted. Anyway today I transplanted it to a sunnier location so I will post a pic of it as well and we can watch it's progress. I also transplanted a small Azalea bush about 2 weeks ago cuz it too was in a shady spot and only bore a flower or two. Well I put it in a sunny area and it has sooooo many beautiful red flowers and blooms on it! My banana shrub (smells like bananas) probably needs to be moved but it is too large. Me and my brother cut a lot of tree branches to make room for more sun for it and I do see a few buds coming.
Well I'll talk to you ladies later.
Hello friends, good luck Tracy with your tree planting. The 'callistemon's or 'bottlebrush' shrubs a friend helped me plant are doing well with new shoots coming. They are known by that name due to the colourful tubular, brush-like flowers they produce. I also planted them as a screen or border shrubs as they grow quite tall and wide and being indigenous to the area the soil and climate are perfect for them. The flowers come in dark red, pinks and even cream varieties.
Happy tree planting everyone.
Hello everyone! I was doing some tree planting the other day....well, actually tree moving. We have baby trees galore in my yard, and I've been trying to move some of the pines that sprung up over to my property line to make a natural "privacy screen"/windbreak.
I also have four pines I got for Christmas that need planting in my yard....their going over by the property line too, with the exception of one. That one grows a little bigger and wider and it needs more space.
Have a great rest of the week....happy tree planting! (at least for me lol)
Hi dear tree friends! Thought I'd pop in and wish everyone a happy day and hopefully a tree planting day!
Good morning Tracy, Ildi and Mandana. Sorry I haven't been here in a few days but, like Tracy, life gets in the way sometimes.
Mandana, it is so nice to have you join the group! I live down South (USA) and even though it's still cool in the evenings, the daytime temps are quite warm. (80 degrees yesterday) So much blooming now and buds on my dear trees. Spring is so exciting for me.
Ildi, how are you doing dear friend? Enjoying bits of Autumn weather that is on it's way? Spring is my favorite season but Atumn is the next.
Tracy!! How are you doing? I know how tired you are from not only shovelling snow this winter but from your job too. You are one busy lady...be glad you're young cause you can handle it better than me. LOL Of course I was pretty strong in my day and could do a lot more stuff.
I hope everybody has a great day. Ildi and Mandana if you have some tree stuff you'd like to post please do!
Hi Tracy and Ild and the other friends.Spring has strated here but the weather is cool and cloudy!It's just cloudy and it doesn't rain!
I missed heavy rain..
I like the color of this seasons !Everything is going to change in a crazy way ..all the plants,TREES and flowers.There is a life everywhere ..
Have green days
Hi Tracy and friends. Tracy I sure pray that you will be getting some warmer days and clear blue skies soon. We had a heatwave yesterday, today its cloudy and cool and we're expecting rain over the next couple of days.
I don't mind the cloudy days as long as they don't last too long. Then it feels dark and gloomy. The cold is not too bad on a nice clear day though.
God bless. Ildi P.
Hi Ildi and Mandana (and Vicky too...I know you'll be here soon)! Where I'm at, winter has finally wound down and spring has sprung! Been raining like crazy here, finally going to get some sun later this week, and some warm temps. After shoveling snow week after week after week, this is so welcome!
Have a great week girls!
Hello Tracy, Vicky and tree hugger friends. It is autumn/fall here, one of my favourite seasons. Finally, the long, hot, dry summer has ended and last week it rained, praise the Lord. Now the days are sunny and warm but getting cooler in the evenings. God bless. Peace and Love from Ildi P.
Thanks Dear tracy ! I am in my holidays.Thanks God I have got too many free time.
Nice to be here.Have a nice week !
Hello Mandana! to Treehuggers!! So nice to see you here, please forgive the late welcome to the group, as usual, I am having trouble keeping up on Care2. Life keeps getting in the way! * Please feel free to make yourself at home here in Treehuggers....post anything you'd like tree related! Pics, poems, actions, petitions, whatever! So nice to meet a fellow tree lover!
Hello my Dear tree lover friends.I hope all of u be well and fresh!Happy spring !I love this season! It's wonderful !oh I forgot to introduce myself !Well I am a new member which a true love to tree I fond of helping our nature!so ..
Hi Tracy, Leszek, Marie and Tekla. Well it rained during the night and it's cold again so hopefully this is the one more cold night they were talking about. Tomorrow I will plant and/or pot my petunias and salvia. Butterflies and hummingbirds love salvia.
Leszek and Tekla it's good to have you as our newest members. Since Care2 had been so slow we hope you will visit us often and if you have tree stories or info about them please be sure to post it.
Marie, have you heard any news about your house. I am continuing to pray that it will be in your possession once more.
Tracy, I love your spring graphic....naturally you found one with cute mice. LOL
Well peeps I have other groups to visit before church and work...may each of you have a blessed day!
Hello girls..............Hope you all have a great Thursday
Marie, I am sending you my heartfelt prayers and positive energy so that you may get your beloved property back and especially the trees too............I sure hope all that was taken away gets replanted with more trees. What a truly heartbreaking situation, my heart goes out to you.
I am happy, however, to be amongst such tree loving people....that is truly priceless.
Keep on tree lovin' and ing!!
Another glitch with Care2 (sigh). I tried to edit my post but of course, as usual I only get a white page where I have to post a new reply. I guess the glitches are one reason everyone is desserting Care2.
Anyway, Marie I meant to say that it's not only a shame that they sold your house but that they chopped down your pine trees.
Good morning Tracy, Tekla and Marie. May each of you have a blessed day.
Marie, I am so saddened that they sold your house but they cut down your beautiful pines. I do not know what is happening to our world but it is steadily going downhill I'm sad to say. I will add you to my daily prayer list and I pray super hard that there is a way for you to reclaim it. It sounds like a most wonderful property...filled with beauty and peace.
Tracy, you're right...so little action within the groups here on Care2. What once was a thriving place with so many causes being fought for that it's sad that it is now a ghost town. I like Facebook, too in that the causes we feel so deeply about are easily accessible yet hardly anyone bothers. It is all about the apps...it's like its an addiction or something. Very sad.
Tekla, how are you doing? It's great to see both you and Marie back.
I have been gone for a couple months due to not being able to get on the internet, but I am back now and just as passionate for trees as ever.
I am still trying to get my house and property back. It was taken from us by a bank (even though we could afford payments again, because we were not able to backpay). The bank sold it to some tree haters, who chopped down all the pines (we had planted a total of 60 and they were so strong and beautiful), but left the rest of our 230 plus trees intact.
We want the property back very badly because of the fantastic wheelchair access, and at the same time having so many trees, which we planted ourselves (on one acre, ie 160 feet by 300 feet), including 70 fruit trees and still a hundred or so shade trees, even without the pines. I used to get so much out of taking care of my plants and trees, and working with nature.
My son is owed over $200,000 by a client who keeps saying he will pay his debt by buying our house back for us, but he keeps stalling. The tree haters are trying to sell the house (unsuccessfully), and we are still hoping that he will help us buy the house back (and put the pine trees back in- by buying new ones).
Would love any prayers, encouragement etc. by others who care about trees as much as I do. To me, a house without trees is hardly a house. They mean so much to me. I miss my trees terribly.
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Hi Vicky and Tekla....I was astounded when I took a good look through all of the groups I belong to...and found that some groups that used to have posts every few minutes, now haven't been posted on IN MONTHS. What happened here? I am on Facebook but noticed that most people are there for the fun apps, they don't even take part in the actions I post. There are so many causes that need help, and everyone pretty much ignores them with the exception of a few individuals. It's alright to have fun, but why not take a few minutes to help some worthy causes?? It's sad to see things like this happening. Care2 has the power to help so many, yet it seems like the numbers of truly active individuals are down. Everyone gets busy, and life happens....but all it takes is a few minutes a day, just hit a few groups, click to donate, sign a petition....make a difference!
yeah - many of the groups i am in have no activity - sad...
i don´t understand this fascination with facebook - i didn´t like it there at all - cold and hard organisation...
Hi Tracy! Well actually it's a bit of both with me. More groups and a slower loading time on my computer. I just figured there are so many people using the internet now that it slows everyone down. You know if it's true that they start charging for some stuff on Facebook I have a feeling that more people will come back to Care2. I won't give up...yet.
Takes me longer and longer to visit my groups too, although it is more because of busyness than a slow connection. And it also seems that less and less people are visiting the groups anymore, Care2 is really becoming a ghost town.
Awwww Tracy what an adorable squirrel graphic! Sorry I am just seeing it. It seems it takes me longer and longer to visit all my groups anymore. I think the slowness of the internet is what takes me so long. It's like I sit there waiting for pages to load. And I supposedly have one of the fastest internet services. I hope you have a great day!
Hello Vicky, awesome calendar! Funny graphic too....if you think that is funny......I think you'll really appreciate this.........
Good morning my tree loving friends...well the weekend is here so I hope you all enjoy it.
Hi Tracy and everybody! Yes, he does look ferocious doesn't he? Did you check out his brother on our new calendar? LOL Well the good thing about winter is that we appreciate the spring even more. I hope the little buds popping up don't freeze but if they do God will provide more later. Here is something I found funny...I hope you do, too!
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Good morning everyone! Vicky, I can't wait either! We're supposed to have snow tonight, and UGH I am so tired of that. I did see some plants popping through the ground despite the cold....I hope they don't get froze. By the way, happy groundhog's day to you....boy, that groundhog looks like it is about to kick some butt!
Good morning...I am off and running today. Later!
Good morning Tracy and Ildi!! I can't wait til spring's arrival to see the buds of everything popping forth...at least those that didn't freeze this very cold winter.
Why thank you Vicky!! And welcome Ildi, bless you for all that you are doing for trees!! I, like Vicky, would love to have more info on that subject as well......
I put the newest threads on top cuz some people may have trouble loading when the order is reversed.
Hello....I hope everyone is staying warm and PLANTING TREES! Have a blessed weekend and I hope to see some of our old friends pop in and let us know how they are doing!
Hi Ildi!! What a blessing that you are planting trees and shrubs...I would love some info on plants with medicinal value. I think using plants, etc are more beneficial to humans than all this pharmaceutical stuff that costs an arm and a leg. Well some medicines are necessary but much is not. Red vinegar can bring down high blood pressure, warm salt water can heal a sore throat (not strep throat), etc.
dear vicky and friends, just a quick hello to say that i'm planting some indigenous trees and shrubs instead of the european variety. they are native to this area and need less watering to thrive and scientists have found that a lot of the australian plants have medicinal properties. i hope you all have a great week-end. peace and love from ildi p.
Holy moly....I haven't been here since Thanksgiving. Forgive me. Tracy I love your graphic....er...I mean your 'snagged' graphic. LOL
Well today seems a bit warmer than it has been. Maybe the nights will be warmer to. I hope everyone has a blessed day and can plant a tree somewhere in the world. Either virtually or in real life!
I signed right behind you, Tracy! Thanks for the idea, Larry!
There's an app for everything else, why not Care2? I think that is a great idea! I signed! Would make it alot easier for people out and about to stay connected to Care2 and take actions.
Please sign my petition in hopes of getting a Care2 app for the iPhone/iPod Touch developed.
A satsuma is like an orange only seedless; delicous and tasty and gets sweet after the first frost.
Ernie, big kudos to you and your group for planting 2500 trees!! That is terrific! That many trees is essentially a whole new forest.....how wonderful! More people need to have groups like that.....just think of how many trees could be planted....that's truly making a difference!
Marie, oh how devastating that you lost your property....that's horrible, I know how much you loved it. I remember you telling us all about your property with all of the trees planted by hand when you first joined the group. I truly hope you can get your property back.....I will send many prayers and positive thoughts and energy your way in hopes that good will prevail and you'll get back your land and all that is precious on it.
Vicky, I never heard of that kind of fruit before....is that a citrus fruit? It's a beautiful tree, and I'm sure the fruit is tasty! Please tell me more about it!
s to all!
Oh, and you can't tell by this picture but most of them are as big as a small grapefruit! So juicy and sweet and seedless!
I hope this pic isn't too large but here is my Satsuma tree. I have picked over half of the fruit off of the tree (and given most away) and there is still so much. God truly blessed me with this wonderful gift....it seems like I pick one and two come back in it's place.
Good morning everyone....may each of you have a blessed Sunday.
Marie, how sad that you lost your beautiful home that was surrounded by so many lovely trees and gave you and your son hours of joy watching the wildlife that lives there and allowed you and Rose to harvest fruit crops. I have one Satsuma tree and I know I got at least 300 satsumas off of it and I, too, shared with many people. How awesome that butterflies and hummingbirds would land on your son.....it sounds like Heaven. I pray that somehow you will be able to get your home back soon. Can't figure why anyone would tear out the fireplace, though. However, if people today don't seem to care about the beauty of trees and/or the wildlife they support how can I think they would appreciate a fireplace in a home. What a task of planting 320 trees! I can only imagine how sad it is to leave them. Keep the faith and who knows what lies ahead. Oh, I tried to view your photos but didn't see them on your profile page unless I missed them somehow.
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Ernie, a BIG congratulations on the tree plantings! That makes me extremely happy. Wow! I cannot believe (when I click on the link) that the red areas are loss of trees. Gee, so many lost. How many trees does that represent? I am so sick of buildings, roads, shopping centers being built at the expense of beautiful forests. Don't people realize the amount of carbon monoxide that goes into our atmosphere every time a tree is cut? No wonder it is so hot nowadays. This country needs to realize we need to SAVE trees....NOT cut them down!
P.S. I had photos of it on my profile- they should still be there- taken about 2 years after we moved there, if you want to see it. Let me know if you can't find it there.
I haven't been here because I have been too sad since I lost my house with the 320 plus trees my family planted ourselves. There is still a chance of getting it back- the folks that bought it are selling now (after taking out the beautiful fireplace and chopping down some pines) and there is a chance that we could get it back- but that will depend on someone else: the guy who owes my son $250,000.
Our credit is shot due to foreclosure- we did everything we could to save it- and had, and still have the income to make the payments, but it was "too late." We can't buy but the guy who owes my son $250,000 wants to buy it- through investors- when his project is done- but he never gets done, he keeps adding more to it, even though it is already all that the investors want and more.
So it's all up in the air and we don't know if we will get it back or not. I have to try not to think about it too much or I'd cry my eyes out. We're living in an apartment. My middle son, 22, and I miss it so much. This is a different son, who has Aspberger's Syndrome and really needs the outdoors. He used to get up early in the morning and sit very still for an hour in order to see the wild animals- deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rabbits, etc. Butterflies would land on his hand and hummingbirds sat on his shoulder. (His name is Judah- this is a different son than the one who is owed a lot of money.)
We took care of it together, and it was nothing to trim the 70 fruit trees each year, transplant things where they would grow better, weed and plant wildflower seeds, trim the grapes and tend the berries etc. Most people won't do outdoor work but we love the outdoors. In summer my daughter Rose and I would harvest every morning and had baskets and baskets of fruit to share. In winter we had herbs like peppermint everywhere to use for colds, sore throats, etc. Lots of medicinal plants.
We don't know how much of what we put into it is still there but would rather get it back no matter how many pines they cut down. After Christmas, 7 foot pines sell for $15 to $20 until New Years Day when they throw them all away- Grrr! So we will be buying some pines after Christmas to replace any they chopped down.
I just hate how so many people view the earth and trees. The earth is a "mess" to "clean up" and they just junk the plants. And trees are "problems" that "pollute" the ground with leaves. They fail to understand all the mysteries and beauties of the earth, how what it gets covered with is so beautiful and if you don't like weeds just plant a lot of wildflower seeds, and that trees leaves feed their roots and that keeps them going.
They are so tuned in to TV they can't appreciate watching a trees leaves blowing in the wind or a sunrise or sunset, and they don't hear- or don't like bird songs. When we bought the property it was just bare dirt and we planted everything that's there. I watched the trees grow from tiny bareroot sticks to a glorious forest, so they are like children to me and I pine for them (pardon the pun). If only we could get it back- it could still happen- if no tree haters get to buy it first!
A partnership operation out of Charlotte, NC went to a flood plain area north of town, in Huntersvill, NC and planted 2500 trees on Friday and Saturday, November 20th and 21st. What a great event this was by our group: Creek Releaf!
Check out our webiste: Creek Releaf
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Take your time, Tracy...I know how it is. We're happy to see you and I know you'll be back in full swing as soon as you can. These things take time and it's so hard to get back on tract when you have a busy schedule.
Absolutely beautiful photos Mari!! So pretty!!! Oh Mari, did you happen to get my friendship invite over at Facebook? Was trying to take part in the cause we were discussing on the other thread with you...but I didn't see it approved yet.
Hi Vicky! I'm having a hard time getting back to here like I wanted to.....still need a little more time, so much going on in life all of a sudden.....a bit overwhelmed I am!
Lovely photos Tracy and Mari....everything looks so peaceful.
This is a photo I took of a trail that was directly behind my old home in Northern Maine. Beautiful here...
Sage, your area is even prettier in the winter!! I agree with Vicky, you are truly blessed to live amongst such beautiful scenery!
Vicky, I think those are sesame seed bagels in the pic....but I know the EVERYTHING bagels you speak of....they are my favorite too!! I like to get them on my breaks at work...delicious!!
Hope all my fellow Treehuggers have a great day....or night, depending on where you are!
Wow, the last pic you posted Sade looks like a scene on a post card. It is beautiful and you are so blessed to live there.
Oops, Tracy those are bagels. teehee! Boy, I'm blinder than I thought. They could be the 'Everything' Bagel that I love.
Thank you Vicky and Tracy.
Yes, the photo I send yesterday, is really taken very near my home. Here a photo from our house and yard in winter. The river is frozen and covered with snow.
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Also wanted to add....Sade, if that is near where you live, you are so lucky!! How beautiful with the water running through the rolling landscape....gorgeous!
HI Sade and Vicky! Good to see you both here, love the tree pic Sade! Coffee and donuts sounds great, although those look like bagels in the pic.....but I'd go for either right now! LOL Starving!
Sade, here are 2 links in within the group that you may want to read or add to:
Hello Tracy and Sade! Great to see some visitors here....I get tired of 'greeting' myself. LOL
Sade, I love the photo of the trees in your area. There is a photo thread, too, if you'd like to post more. None of us ever get tired of looking at them (trees).
Tracy, your tree graphic with the red leaves is awesome!
Here, I brought some coffee and donuts for everyone!
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Hello to all members!
Greetings to you with a photo of the trees near me here in my home valley.
Good morning everybody.....I hope you have a blessed weekend. Plant a tree!
Good morning one and all! May each of you have a blessed day! Well Halloween is tomorrow so for those who celebrate, please be safe!
I hope both old and new members alike will stop in and say hello when they visit Treehuggers. We love all the articles, petitions, etc posted but also the commaraderie of a personal greeting. May each of you have a great weekend and remember.....plant a tree!