Feeling a little nature deprived? No trees nearby to hug or sit under and enjoy the cool shade of their canopy?
Maybe calling a tree would help you feel better!
I spent a lovely late afternoon, early evening at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina today surrounded by trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and all kinds of bees & butterflies, but still felt the need to call a tree because for the first time in my life, I had the number of a tree to call.
It was a flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, which turns out to be the state tree of North Carolina. By calling the tree, I heard about how the tree blooms in the spring before it leafs out and that the white “petals” are really bracts. Then in the fall the birds enjoy the red berries of this native tree.
The tree also clearly pronounced its name for me.
If I had its phone number, I would also call the Farkleberry, too, because I love that common name.
What a great way to learn about trees while spending time in a beautiful garden!