Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday shootout: Honoring Trees


This flowering cherry tree in my garden. The little fruits are not edible. What a waste.

Lining our main street, Queen street are these beautiful trees.





Sakura, Japanese Cherry Trees

Flowers that bloom in winter


The Gingko tree, the leaves are good for your memory.

The Neem tree which is regarded as a medicine for many cures. I grew this from a cutting. I left two legacies when I departed NTU, in Singapore. People come for the trees to treat ailment.

This week lets get back to our TOWNs and show off the beauty of our trees. Whether it be tropical palm trees or stately old oaks, whether the trees of our town are just beginning to bud, baby green leaves or flowering blooms, whether they are just starting to loose their leaves in preparation for the coming winter, they define our community, improve our environment, make our worlds, our towns beautiful.
April 23 Topic - Honoring Trees

(spring/Fall) Earth Day 2010 - by gingerv

Thank you gingerv. Trees are among my favourite things. I grew up in tropical Borneo, where our hard wood, the belian tree are highly demanded, and so much of the trees are fell that our endangered orang utans are threatened.

I am glad in my adopted country New Zealand, there are giant kauri and totara trees. Visitors exclaim how green Auckland is. There is a council ruling that you can't chop off a tree if it is 10 feet tall. I have posted many photos of trees in this site and my other site. http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2009/09/cherry-blossom-sakura.html




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20 comments:

gigi said...

Such beauty, Ann. Great job on this weeks theme on Earth day.

Rebecca said...

I guess i need to plant a ginkgo tree. :) Cherry trees are beautiful in bloom.

Barry said...

The cherry blossoms are amazing Ann. Our neighour has a couple of cherry trees, they are so beautiful and attract such a wild variety of birds.

Ah Ngao said...

the kauri and totara,are they as hard as the Borneo iron wood(belium)?.btw,im fascinated by cheery blossom flowers,especially when the whole tree is covered with flowers.and about ginkgo tree,you make use of the leaves or seeds for consumption?

Pete said...

Oh that is how a Gingko tree looks like....first time seeing it! Have a nice weekend with your family.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I could use the Ginkgo tree around here for sure. Yes it is a shame some fruit trees are just beautiful, which is good, just doesn't give any fruit. You have posted some beautiful trees at all times on your post.
QMM

Pauline said...

We are blessed with so many lovely trees, aren't we, Ann. I've been thinking about planting a gingko, love their leaves. Might need to take some so I remember to do it. Lovely post!

Tammie Lee said...

trees are some of my favorite beings. I love seeing your photos of the trees. I love that rule about not cutting trees that are over ten feet!

SJB said...

I love the Japanese Cherry Trees. it's beautiful huh.

Chef E said...

You and the others always show me the greatest things, I have never seen a ginko tree and have wanted to!

Every post we do is so fun! I am glad you and all the others have stuck around!

Jama said...

I love the photos of the full bloom sakura,awesome! I believe the Indian use the neem leaves to treat chicken pox... or is it measles?

Kerry said...

I love the leaf of the ginkgo tree; it is such a simple elegant shape. NZ looks very green and springlike in your pics (cherry trees!) but wait, you are probably entering autumn now. It's hard for me to imagine.

Ann said...

According to Ethnobotanist James Wong , you crush some gingko leaves, and steep with in hot water. Daily consumption will improve your memory/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/features/growyourowndrugs/episode3.shtml

The following two posts were done last winter.

http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2009/04/gingko-biloba-pak-gou.html

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2009/11/gingko-biloba-pak-gou-tea.html

Doreen said...

I like the fourth shot. the tree tops make a curvy line. would make a great silhouette shot. have a wonderful weekend!!

GingerV said...

your vegetation and mine always seem so simular - also Jama and Redlan's
We do not have cherries here but have a faux cherry that blooms in July that has a wonderful pink color - but all during the summer or rainy season it is bare of leaves - definitly on its own time table. great post.

nice A said...

I love trees, too, especially flowering ones like Sakura. Your Sakuras here are in full bloom.
I have never seen a Gingko. Seen them in tea form. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting my post.

Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

I love when the cities keep trees to line their streets, it's such a neat contrast. Those cherry blossoms are beautiful and so full !!! Thanks so much for the comment on my Country Roads post, I think there might actually be some snow left on those roads, my dad was going to take his snow shoes up there this weekend!

Lots of love from Canada
Sarah-Paige

A Scattering said...

The ginko was a big favorite of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The leaves a so different from any other tree.

LadyFi said...

What wonderful trees!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful trees, Ann!