As a child, I remember my mother pointing out certain berries that were found all over our yard. She made sure to warn us not to eat those berries. While the berries from the bushes looked delicious with their bright red color, and they seemed as juicy as a raspberry, they were actually very toxic and could make us very sick if we ate them. Thankfully my mother knew better.
Throughout history, people had to learn through trial and error which plants were good to eat and which ones to avoid.
While we put so much energy and time to plant and grow trees, there are times, sadly, when they need to be taken down. It might be that they are being cut for new construction, or that their placement is becoming dangerous for homes and people.
Although it can be heart breaking to watch a tree get taken down, the great news is that the life of a tree does not have to end. In fact, the natural beauty of a tree is being preserved in very practical ways that allows for those trees to live on for many more lives right inside your local coffee shop, stores, or even your home.
Have you ever given flowers to express your love or been given flowers? Then, you are not alone. Plants and flowers have been used through the ages to express emotion. We see impact in our modern-day from weddings and prom dances to funerals. Flowers and plants are given or used to express certain meanings.
For thousands of years, flowers have communicated many different meaning. This is often known as the language of flowers. Plants and flowers have been given different meanings to help loved ones express themselves to each other without words. Even our birth month, like a birthstone, has been given specific flowers that represent them.
Growing up, one of my favorite activities as a child was climbing trees. My friends and I
would spend hours hanging from branches, talking, playing make-believe, and enjoying life from a different point of view. We climbed any tree we could reach our hands up to. We built forts out of evergreens. We swung from branches like monkeys and rested in the shade of a tree’s canopy.
Playing in trees was exhilarating and refreshing. I loved the way the bark felt on my hands, the smell of the flowers, and the pure joy I had as I rose from branch to branch. I felt so alive, strong, and connected to the beautiful Earth. I am sure I am not alone in my nostalgia with climbing trees. It seems like a core part of childhood.
This past weekend, I walked to my friend’s home and noticed her amazing shed. It sits in the back of her yard. I needed to store something and she said I could store it in her shed. While I have seen many sheds, it had been awhile. So when I walked inside, I was shocked at the amount of space it had.
My friend’s shed was extremely organized. It held labeled bins filled with different items that she didn’t need all year long and could store in nice shelving. It held her lawn mower, her shovels, and other garden tools that saved her space in her garage.
I’ll be honest, my mouth drooled a little. I almost asked her if we wanted just to hangout right inside that baby. It looked like a little house. My brain started thinking of all the possibilities that you could use with such a space.
Reclaimed wood is a booming business and a trend that does not seem to be going away. The trend for this rustic style continues to grow each year. People are choosing reclaimed pieces to add style and character to their home and businesses.
There are endless ways to use reclaimed wood. They can be made into counter tops, floors, tables, wood walls, decorative pieces, headboards, play houses, and even wood beams in a home. Most lumber can also be repurposed or refinished to add a renewed life.
“To know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”
Hal Borland, American author and journalist
Do you have a wanderlust heart and ready for a great traveling adventure? Consider visiting some of the world’s most marvelous trees. It will be worth every second of your time to stand beside some of nature’s oldest, tallest, and most unique creations.
It is hard to believe that these trees are a product of Mother Nature. While there are many more incredible trees out there, here are 9 of some of the most unique trees in the world. Having a chance to visit these trees would be an incredible experience.
What are Christmas decorations without some beautiful ivy wrapped around a stairway or wreath? Many people have used this delightful greenery as a Christmas decoration, but have you ever wondered why? Maybe you are familiar with the old 17th – 18th century Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy. How did this unique plant make its way into Christmas songs, traditions, and decorations?
When you begin to study the characteristics of plants, you begin to see what sets them apart from others. There is always more than meets the eye, and ivy is no exception. This climbing plant stays lush and green even when the weather outside is frightful.
Have you ever found yourself under a mistletoe and wondered what it is and how did we came to practice this strange holiday tradition that involves kissing?
Washington Irving’s words in the 1800s describes it best by saying, “young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under [mistletoe], plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”
But, why the mistletoe? Is it just another clever way for boys to steal kisses from their crushes? What does it have to do with Christmas? Let’s take a moment to step back and try to understand the mystery of the mistletoe – what is it, where did it come from, and how it came to be a holiday tradition today.