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April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

This observance always falls on April 22.
On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! 
Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. 
Go outside, no matter what the weather! 


Earth Day History 
Ever wondered how Earth Day started? 
 This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. 
In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. 
The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.
"Quoted from The Old Farmer's Almanac"

 
From a sapling like this that we planted (late 80's)  
It was a free hand out for kids on Earth Day
 
Summer 2012
She's now a big Blue Spruce tree!

Summer 2012
On the right side you can see how tall she's become!

Reaching to the sky...these can grow up to 75' tall!

Have a great Earth Day!  
I hope you get a chance to go outside and 
enjoy a bit of our wonderful earth!
  
Check out my newest post
on my garden blog
 

17 comments:

  1. Happy Earth Day Liz! A wonderful day for celebration.

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  2. Happy Earth Day. Your tree has really grown. I didn't go outside today. It's snowing again and I wasn't in the mood.

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  3. Happy Earth Day, Liz. I hope you had a wonderful day- xo Diana

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  4. Happy belated earth day. I wish if more people are concerned about the environment.

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  6. (belated) Happy Earth Day!


    During the weekend I planted a Nut Tree. I've always wanted one but people always threw cold water over my excitement (it will take too long to grow... you'll be old before you can sit in the shade... it takes 20 years to make it an adult tree... and such) so I kept saying OK and postponing my dream.

    The other day I realised that if I had planted it when I arrived this home it would already be 14 years old... time does fly and I'm nowhere near they said I would be.

    So I went to the Garden Centre and bought MY Tree and planted it... lots of chuckling and giggling around the home as - at this stage - just looks a stick. It will show them. :hopeful thinking:

    Thank you for sharing your story. My tree and myself will stand taller and prouder after reading it.

    Yours,

    Teresa




    I'm planning in printing the quote below and put it somewhere in the garden:



    "The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'
    John F. Kennedy"

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  7. Your tree is amazing! I am afraid that I neglect Earth Day every year. April 22nds was my mother's birthday and I usually spend most of the day thinking about here and enjoying happy memories. I am glad that you are helping others remember to honor "Mother" earth, instead of just my Mother...

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  8. Your Blue Spruce is pretty awesome Liz. I couldn't resist buying a little 12" tall Blue Spruce at Christmas. I'm thinking of planting it in the yard in the Fall, if I can keep it alive until then. Regarding Earth Day, seems there was another founder, who has been written out of history: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42711922/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/earth-day-co-founder-killed-composted-girlfriend/#.UXa14LXOm8A

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  9. Wow, your blue spruce is incredible. I lost mine this past year, {sigh} along with a lot of other bushes. You know what I'll be doing once our weather breaks.
    fondly ~lynne~

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  10. Hi Liz,

    Happy Earth Day! I love your spruce trees. They always look fantastic in the winter covered with snow.

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  11. Your tree is beautiful. There was no way to enjoy being outside with the wind and dirt. I hope to work on my garden sometime this week. Thanks for showing us your trees.

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  12. That freebie turned into a gorgeous tree - who knew!!!! Lucky you! Hope your weather turns soon. Ours will be HOT soon and I'm not looking forward to that.

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  13. Happy Belated Earth Day, Liz! I love how you've been able to watch your little sapling turn into the majestic spruce it is today. What a rare gift!
    ~ Wendi

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  14. What a beautiful tree. Isn't it amazing how much it grew and it was free too.
    Earth day is a reminder on how to conserve, plant and renew. Your yard is looking so pretty.

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  15. I love Spruce trees....the more trees the better for me..Your tree is so grand...it must have been wonderful to watch it grow into such a beautiful tree!!

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  16. It's so neat to see the little sapling you planted turn into that gorgeous tree. Love that!

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