The silver maple comes down, well mostly

Who cries when a tree is cut down? Yep it’s me. Today I say goodbye to the silver maple. It is so hard to make a decision about cutting down a 40 year old tree. Its been ailing for a very long time. Every big wind some large limb comes down. And still, I have regrets.

It was a cold snowy day when the maple came down.

But Davey Tree, those guys are awesome! I will recommend them to anyone who loves their trees. Brendan, Mike, and Kevin were the ultimate professionals. Their knowledge and experience shows and you can tell they take pride in their trade.

And they are keeping the part of the tree with the bee hive. Mike has transported bees in tree hives to blueberry Farmers.. it’s really a smart system. You’re not introducing bees to an environment that a previous Hive couldn’t sustain. But obviously in the tree hive, they have found a good more natural environment. Perhaps I need to search for a farmer that would want the whole hive?

Even working on a very cold March day so they could be safe while the bees are inactive.

One of my favorite parts of Summer was swinging in the hammock under the canopy of the silver maple. It was a safe warm feeling like being wrapped in a 50 foot tall green blanket. Or sitting in your parent’s lap as a child. The relaxing atmosphere while gazing up into the beautiful green is a pleasure you can’t replicate with man-made materials. Meanwhile birds above you carry on with their day. The bees lazily fly in and out of the hive feeding their young. You remember your primal connection to nature end it feels so right.

The ash tree out front was removed a week ago and actually we think it looks much better. I just wonder what our cooling bill will look like come summer. Those two trees added much shade to the area.

I guess the only words I can think of chicken soul myself is

The only constant in nature is change.

So on two new plans and more for the wild life.

I will not buy from the Home depots for flowering plants. These are the most likely to be neonicotinoid treated plants. Monarda in the flower pot up front.

I’m planning my natives that actually feed an environment to sustain a native population. So the obvious next question would be, do non-native honey bees need to go where they are needed and reduce the competition for resource.

It’s also time to do an audit of my plants and what exactly they provide to natives. Not all plants need to feed a native some may just need to create the environment in which they can thrive.

This includes the structure of shelter.

They can grow natives that meet the needs of the local true native pollinator populations.

An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.