“I do not think anything in Nature is more mysterious or more effective than a big tree ….Standing under this one and looking up with knitted concentration, quite baffled. I got the impression that it emanated goodness. It stood there firmly like a noble thought, which if understood would save the world.”
– John Stewart Collins, Trees, 1989
Having received it as a gift, and being presently engrossed in a book, a pastime that I love, The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, reminds me of the often forgotten world amongst the trees in the forest. The have their own hidden language and communicate through their root systems as well as their foliage. “Trees are very social beings” ….. They help each other, warn each other of danger of insects and/or disease and help each other to survive such dangers. There is a delicate balance, however, in that every tree wants to survive. Our role as gardeners allows us to help maintain this balance by choosing and planting trees of various species within our landscapes. Keeping the population diverse is our simplest way of keeping our landscapes healthy.