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Thursday Tree Love: Fringes for Earth Day and a Poem of Glad Awakening


Fringe Tree

Meet “Grancy Graybeard” also known as grandfather graybeard, granddaddy’s beard, old-man’s beard, snow flower tree or flowering ash, and Chionanthus virginicus. Botanists call it a fringe tree, and while I’m not technically a botanist, I’m going with that for now.

I discovered this tree with it’s delicate fringes and fragrance at Greenfield Lake Park on Saturday. What a delight to discover something new! The earth is always showing us new and wonderful things!

This poem was nearby in the fragrance garden:

Thursday Tree Love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Please join me in sending prayers to Parul’s home of India where the second pandemic wave is hitting hard.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Fringes for Earth Day and a Poem of Glad Awakening

  1. Beautiful tree and quote, JoAnna! Happy Earth Day! ❀

  2. This tree grows where I live, and it’s one of the later blooming trees – in fact it’s one of the last trees to leaf out, period. It does have some fragrance, too. It’s one of my favorite native trees.

  3. The fringe is a beautiful tree, JoAnna. I wish to see it somewhere here!

  4. A good note about prayers for India

  5. Thank you for sharing photos and lovely poem!!… here on the path every day is earth day and in spite of the weather, the apple tree is blooming white… πŸ™‚

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and poem, and that every day is earth day for you, too. Thank you for the lovely Irish blessing which returns to you multiplied.

  6. Such pretty flowers. This is a new species for me!

  7. Beautiful tree, photos, words, and tribute to earth and your friends in India. Thank you JoAnna.

  8. Lovely! I ❀ Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry. Thanks for the name of this tree. I shot several photos of the tree a couple of Sundays ago. I'd' never seen one before, and I was fascinated with the fringes. It's in the lineup to share for a #ThursdayTreeLove.

    • It’s interesting that we both discovered this tree so recently. I guess I can thank Parul for revving up the tree love. The poet, I did not recall knowing before. It’s wonderful to find these treasures and share them!

  9. What a beautiful tree πŸ€— my thoughts and prayers are with India. I hope the help the UK sends will help. My heart breaks every time I see πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ

  10. Old Man’s Beard is considered a dangerous weed in New Zealand because it smothers the plants and trees it grows on. We have to remove it if we find it on our land. I’m glad it is cherished other places in the world! lol

    • I can see how one of my photos makes it look like it’s growing on the other tree, but this was an independent tree. Having so many nicknames can sure be confusing. Our Spanish moss sounds like your Old Man’s Beard. New Zealand is such a beautiful place. If I could visit anywhere in the world NZ would be on the top of my list.

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