One Corner: Past and Present
By Cynthia Welte
Cal and Harriet Shorts’ home was built in 1954. As avid gardeners, they planted many trees and shrubs all around their home, including a Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis) on the southwest corner of the patio.
Sadly, this tree struggled as it aged, and had to be removed in 2002.
The tree we planted in its place, Sorbus aria ‘Lutescens’, is a deciduous tree with large silvery leaves. It bears little resemblance to its close cousin mountain ash.
Today, the whitebeam is a key part of the Shorts House landscape. Twenty years may feel like a long time, but it’s just the start of a tree’s life.
As gardeners, we understand that we’re playing a long game, and that the loss of one plant makes room for another to grow. We plant trees for the future and are grateful to those who planted trees for us.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” -Chinese proverb