The Twelve Days of A Green Christmas…First Day…

Today begins the sixth season of my rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas…mine being the Twelve Days of A Green Christmas. We all know the tune so you can sing along with the versions I offer each day.

If you don’t understand why I am doing this or want to know more about the history of the Twelve Days of Christmas read yesterday’s post here. Now clear your throats and get ready for the first verse…

…On the first day of Christmas, my green friend gave to me….a live cypress tree.

Hurricane Irma (September, 2017) inundated my neighborhood with water, some brackish and some with unknown debris/chemicals from the streets and drains. As a result I lost many of my trees and most of my shrubs and flowers. After weeks of cleaning up my yard was bare. Even though it’s more than a year later I had to tend to more important repairs before tackling my downed fence and landscaping.

Bald-cypress (Taxodium distichum) PHOTO: JOHN HAGSTROM and The Morton Arboretum

My green friend knew of my desperate need for trees and shrubs so receiving a potted bald cypress tree was a very thoughtful gift!  The Bald Cypress tree is native to North America and loves wet soil and can withstand some drought which is perfect for my backyard which lately seems to harbor a lot of water when it pours or during a hurricane event and then dry the rest of the time.

The picture to the right shows the beautiful russet-red needles in the fall just before they all drop only to grow new needles in the spring, one of the few conifers that drop their needles. The needles are soft and feathery providing a wonderful mulch for the soil beneath. This tree is salt tolerant…perfect for my coastal location, loves sunshine ( I don’t have much shade) and has a beautiful reddish-brown bark visible after the needles drop.. Not only do I love Bald Cypress trees but the water and shore birds love them too!

Are you looking for a beautiful specimen tree for your yard? This could be the perfect native tree for your landscaping as well! Do you already have one in your yard? I would love to see a picture of it in the comments below!

Thank you to my green friend for the wonderful gift and thank you for joining me on this First Day of a Green Christmas! Please join me again tomorrow for the Second Day. If you have any wonderful green gift suggestions you would like to share please do so in the comments below.


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