Sunday at the Holden ArboretumPosted: May 20, 2012
M and I decided to wander up north to the Holden Arboretum today to do a little hiking and to check out their plant sale. It was a gorgeous day for it, at least in the early morning. By noon it was starting to get pretty hot (in the mid-80s).
We took our daypacks, filled, just to help us with our vacation training. I wore my Vibrams. I’m still undecided about them. We saw several snakes today and that got me to thinking I would be better off with hiking boots. I have no idea why I’d feel safer in boots. Less exposed, that’s for sure.
There were quite a few people at the arboretum today, mostly gathered around the vendors near the visitor’s center. We decided to hike first and come back to explore the sale when we finished.
I got to thinking as we were meandering on the trails, making our way to the Layer Rhododendron Garden, that M is creating a small arboretum here at Breezy Acres, collecting trees and planting them throughout the property.
Some trees have done well here. Some, such as the bald cypress, have not. Still, he’s managed to collect and grow quite a variety of trees, including my favorite, the copper beech.
I don’t know how many copper beech trees are to be found in our county, but I recently read an article about a copper beech in Medina that had to be cut down, and it was mentioned that the tree cut down was one of four copper beeches in Medina County (a county not far from us).
Our copper beech is one of two that M planted for me. We hedged our bets on that one, buying two trees in case one didn’t make it. As it happens, one didn’t make it through the first winter (of 2007). The other has thrived and is doing well.
Perhaps someday someone will wonder about our copper beech tree and how it came to be here.
Now that I’ve rested up a bit, I’m going to take a walk around the pond and see what’s happening here at Breezy Acres. The peonies at the arboretum were blooming. Perhaps ours finally opened today.
I’ll have more photos from the arboretum for you soon. The rhododendrons were just at their peak, maybe just a little past peak. They have a large variety of them at Holden, in several different colors.
Thank you for stopping by the Bogs. I hope you wore your summer clothing. It’s close to 90 degrees out there now. But it’s sunny, mostly clear, and not too humid. Once you make your way down to the pond, stay to the right and you’ll have it made in the shade. The swim platform is open, too, if you want to stay cool by taking a dip.