Festival of the Trees – Edition 36


It’s a little hard to believe that this wonderful Festival of the Trees has now completed its third year with this edition! So many great hosts; so many great posts!


Pete starts us off by making the case for keeping fruit trees of your own at his blog Summertime Fun. leafbullet2 Mark has this pleasing report about his backyard bounties. leafbullet3 Trees can shelter us as well as feed us as these houses in trees suggest. leafbullet4 And sometimes we shelter them. leafbullet1 Colin from Talk Gardening Online offers advice on how to plant and care for a fruit tree. leafbullet5 Yet despite all of the bounty they can provide us, many sources may be lost.


Sometimes you can find hot pink flowers on a cool green pine, as Nature Geek Northwest points out. leafbullet6 And if you’d like to see more riotous pink, head over over to trees, if you please. leafbullet1 For those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter is just a memory now, but have a look at these gorgeous winter trees and you’ll feel the bracing chill again. leafbullet2 This new blog doesn’t have a lot of posts yet, but you can tell what this person loves over at Tree Flowers. leafbullet3 With Ash out on the bike, you never know what trees might turn up. leafbullet4 Sometimes when the words won’t come, you can still use poetry to explore your feelings about trees, as Mather Schneider has done with Family Tree. leafbullet5 The beauty of a tulip tree can deliver a lesson too, as Beverly at Murmuring Trees shares with us. leafbullet6 And did you know that tulip trees can concentrate their sweetness into droplets? Elizabeth does. leafbullet1 Eric has even more to say about tulip trees (plus some links) over at Neighborhood Nature. leafbullet2 Maitri Bagh, Bhilai: Part 1. leafbullet3 Granny J offers a pleasing gallery of gnarls & knots, showing that even when a tree is gone, it can still provide beauty and wonder. leafbullet4 The wild date palms are part of the heaven that is western Crete, as Jeremy shows us in CWR heaven. leafbullet5 Seabrooke shares her love of basswood trees in her post The bee-tree. leafbullet3 And at Osage + Orange we can see the beauty of cottonwood seeds, blanketing the ground and drifting through the air.


Learning to read the forest – Five common types. leafbullet6 The oldest tree in Belgium speaks of endurance. leafbullet1 Even entomologists are not immune from the wonder of trees, as Ted points out in his series of posts about the Trees of Lake Tahoe. leafbullet2 From a Cabinet of Curiosities in the north east of England we learn that the only object in a forest that might be more valuable than a live tree is a dead tree. leafbullet3 From the online journal The Clade, we have this evocative post about ponderosa pines. You’ll wish you were there (unless you already are). leafbullet4 The Divine Bunbun offers some advice about where you might want to park your car in Male Flowers at Prom Season. leafbullet5 There are many characters in the blogosphere, and some of them are exceptional, but Mike of the 10,000 Birds blog introduces us to an Area of Exceptional Forest Character! leafbullet6 When Google held a contest for school children to draw the logo, 90 of the 400 state finalist incorporated a tree in their drawings, as Vicky shares with us.


leafbullet1 The forest as monastery – Thai Forest Tradition.
leafbullet2 The forest as sharing – Whistling Wings.
leafbullet3 The forest as solace – Green Tangle.
leafbullet4The forest as beauty – Green giants.
leafbullet6 The forest as hope – Stoney Moss.


From the department of really-long-ladders come two posts that are hair raising and toe curling – Tree Surgery Part One and Part Two. leafbullet1 Ever the meticulous woodsman, Beau over at Fox Haven Journal notes that sometimes it is necessary to take down a tree or two, and then he shows how it is done. leafbullet6 And finally, Zilla points out that while it might sometimes be necessary to cut down a tree or two, it might also be necessary to leave a pair of pines for the benefit of the community.


Many thanks for all of the great links, and thanks to all of you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Festival. Maybe you’ve found a few new blogs to visit regularly.

Thanks, also, to my crackerjack web designer who did such a nifty job jazzing up the blog for this Festival. See you in three weeks, web designer!

Next month the Festival of the Trees will be hosted by Vicky at TGAW. You can send her your links to vicky (at) tgaw (dot) com by June 28. Vicky is looking toward a theme for her edition:

“For July’s Festival of the Trees, I would love to receive submissions regarding ‘survivor trees.’ Trees that have survived great tragedies or remarkably harsh environments. Trees that have rebounded and found a way to thrive. Trees that have brought hope or comfort. Trees that inspire us in times of need.”


Happy Birthday, Little Bear!

Missouri calendar:

  • Turtles begin laying eggs.
  • Lady’s-slipper orchids bloom.

14 Responses to “Festival of the Trees – Edition 36
  1. cedrorum Says:

    What about “sometimes a Tree explodes in the forest”.

  2. karl Says:

    if a tree explodes in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

  3. Festival #36 leafs out « Festival of the Trees Says:

    […] #36 leafs out Posted on June 1, 2009 by Dave Bonta Our 36th edition comes to you from the forests of Missouri this month. Festival of the Trees co-founder Pablo at […]

  4. robin andrea Says:

    Very nicely done, pablo.

  5. FC Says:

    Good work!

  6. Carolyn H Says:


    Congratulations on hosting the Festival of the Trees. Great work!

    Carolyn H.

  7. greentangle Says:

    I guess thanks are in order to whoever who submitted my post–so, thanks. But you might want to just skip my post and go to the comments following it–there’s a lot more about trees there than in the post.

  8. Walking Forest Blues | Via Negativa Says:

    […] of forests, be sure to visit the June edition of the Festival of the Trees at Roundrock Journal. And for many more creepy-crawlies like the millipede in the video, check out […]

  9. Jeremy Says:

    Wow. Great selection. Going to take a while to go though that lot.

  10. The Natural Capital Says:

    I just wanted to say kudos on the gorgeous layout of this post. And thanks for the link!

  11. osage + orange Says:

    Well done! Thanks for including my post….I can’t wait to check out #36!

  12. Beau Says:

    Very beautifully written, and described. I just love the theme art.

  13. Mike Says:

    Beautiful presentation!

  14. Mark Says:

    Thanks for including my post in this carnival. This is a great edition. Keep up the great work.

    I’m looking forward to the next carnival for August, though with the winter in the southern hemisphere, there’s not much I could say about summer bounties for that edition.

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