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Arbor Day: A tribute to the wonderful world of nature

Other holidays repose on the past.
Arbor Day proposes the future.
–– J. Sterling Morton,
Founder of Arbor Day
Arbor Day is April 25 and has been celebrated in America since April 1872.
It is a day set aside for planting trees and making our world more beautiful and beneficial to the birds and wildlife we treasure.
Some of the best ornamental trees for this part of Texas are: Bradford Pear, Desert Willow, Texas Redbud, Yaupon Holly, Mexican Plum, Crepe Myrtle, and Texas Mountain Laurel to name a few.
This web site has a lot of information and also offers free seedlings each year: www.arborday.org
If you are looking for instant color in a hanging basket, you can not go wrong with Trailing Petunia (Calibrachoa xhybrida), also known as Million Bells. This plant is covered with tiny, petunia type blooms from spring to frost.
It comes in a variety of colors: cherry, red, rose, violet, blue, and yellow.
If planted in the ground, it forms a low mound of color.
A hanging basket shows the full effect of its beauty much better. It takes full sun and needs good drainage. Hummingbirds and butterflies like these flowers.
I have seen one Ruby-throated male hummingbird at my feeders, so I know they are here for the season.
I hope you will try a garden of your choice this year, either in the ground or in containers.
Happy Gardening!
Sophie Aue is a lifelong gardener and a member of the Ennis Garden Club.

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