Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A FEAST OF THE TREES Feile na gCrann

FEILE na gCrann

 National Tree Week is a time to celebrate all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. The world as we know it would cease to exist if we didn’t have ample numbers of trees. Just think of the range of food from trees: fruits of all kinds, nuts, seeds, oils, tea, coffee and other drinks.
Bit by bit the world would crumble no food (none of the above), no agricultural food production – without birds and bees how could anything grow? If pollination goes, we all starve. It may sound a bit dramatic but it is true. It will happen so quickly and suddenly we will all be stunned but the signs are there at the moment. The bumble bee and the honey bee are disappearing across the globe and nothing is being done about it.

So what can be done about it? If everyone planted a tree this week look at the difference this would make. Trees are low maintenance. Once you choose the right tree for your garden the amount of maintenance is so low – a feed once a year, a mulch and that’s it. Over time a prune or a trim back is all that is needed.
If you have children you should be planting some apple trees. Give your offspring the joy of eating chemical free apples straight from the tree. Anybody who has grown fruit trees will know the thrill of delving into a juicy fresh apple – can’t you just taste it. I still remember the taste of ‘Beauty of Bath’ in early autumn and later on what we called ‘The Christmas Apple’ which now I think must have been ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ which was the icing on the cake. Such taste! What goodness!
 Tree Week is a positive week so let’s look at some of the best trees for your garden:
Spring Brilliance: Cherry Blossom a real sign that spring has arrived. Available in so many varities and colours. 
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Summer Elegance; Magnolia  a great tree for a town Garden
Wonderful Autumn Colour: Amelanchier - Striking autumn leaves
Winter Colour. Arbutus commonly known as the killarney strawberry tree. This is a native tree
arbutus unedo killarney strawberry tree-1

Fruit trees. Apple, Plum or pear
Beautiful in a container  JAPENESE MAPLE.  Loves a sheltered position

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