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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Call A Tree Tonight!

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!

17 comments:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

You know, Carol, I totally missed that tree and its cell phone number. Odd. I do remember the other one because we discussed its Latin pronunciation.~~Dee

mr_subjunctive said...

I can see it now: 1-900-TREE-LUV. Lonely birches! Wild willows! Naughty pines! They're practically bursting with pollen, and they're waiting for your call! . . .

Leslie said...

It is a whole new world when you can call a tree...but I love it. I hope you are having a wonderful time!

Muhammad khabbab said...

Phone call to a tree!!!! that sounds so lovely. You must had great time there. I m excited though at this thought of Tree calling its name.

VP said...

Great idea!

That would be what used to be called a 'trunk call' here in the UK, until the phone system was updated ;)

Have a great weekend :)

Darla said...

What a wonderful idea!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have had some personal conversations with a tree before but never over the telephone. The garden is becoming so sophisticated any more. You are having too much fun here. I am glad you are using that new camera some.

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness, I love that. Was the tree a male or female? Did it have the North Carolina accent? Is it going to call you back, go for a coffee maybe?

Sherry at the Zoo said...

Love the trellis in the lost picture. Sounds like you are having a great time. Lots of rain back home....too much rain...

Greensparrow said...

Now the trees are going to start complaining that you never call...

Dave said...

It does make me wonder what kind of phone plan they have! We saw a similar system at the Chattanooga Aquarium for the fish.

wiseacre said...

lol I had to call from home and it worked :)

Daffodil Planter said...

The 21st century version of the Talking Trees (with push button recorded info) in Morganton, NC. What a kick!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Mr. Subjunctive's comment made me smile, I was thinking the same thing.

Mary Delle said...

Call a tree is a great idea. I'd love to hear them tell me all about themselves. I am a tree lover.

Phillip said...

How very clever!

Nell Jean said...

Oh, great. Now my dogwoods are demanding their own cell phones. The farkleberry is happy to just hang out on the corner with a deciduous magnolia with great charms.

BTW, this has been a great dogwood year for new growth.

Looks as if you had a great trip to NC.