Earth Day 2012 has been a big deal for me.
The whole rebirth thing is reverberating strongly for me this spring.
Friday, I staffed a booth at the University of Puget Sound for their Earth Day Event. Saturday, I was at work advocating for local, sustainable, healthy food.
Yesterday, I just had to plant a tree in honor of Earth Day (well, and because I like to dig in the dirt
Considering that since I bought this place two years ago, I’ve planted nine fruit trees (cherry, apple, plum, peach, pear) two nut trees (hazelnut), five ornamentals (flowering cherry, dogwood, ash and one edible ornamental pollinator (crabapple) I’m kind of running out of space.
But there was one spot in front that would shade the front porch which has a Southwest exposure and gets hit hard by the summer sun and heat that just begged for a pretty tree.
I chose an Indian Summer crabapple (beautiful, just the right size, small edible fruit, provides food for wildlife, pollinates apples) which unlike the Sugar Tyme I have planted in the back yard which has pink buds opening to white flowers, has stunning red flowers.
Isn’t it pretty?
I also had clumps of day lilies given to me by my neighbor Steve when I first bought the place two years ago (he dropped off clumps before I even moved in) that were getting crowded.
So I thinned them down to two reasonable size clumps.
This left me with TEN good size clumps to relocate.
I decided to plant them in the parking strip out front in between the flowering cherry trees. I want to eventually reclaim that strip from lawn to garden and this is a good start.
You can see that the Kwanzan Flowering Cherry trees are just starting to bloom. Aren’t they lovely?
I couldn’t leave the fairy garden out of the fun, so I picked up some pretty and fragrant carnations to put out there.
I have more garden photos from this season on my Flickr’ page.
(if the slide show doesn’t embed or you prefer to click on individual pictures, you can view the photos by making with the clicky clicky here)
I also managed to sneak in some time at the dog park with Frodo the Wonder Corgi.
We had beautiful weather, and it was a great day to honor the earth.