A Ginko Tree In The FAll

November 16, 2021

Reflections, Day 39

“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.”
― Czeslaw Milosz

Today’s’ photo was sent to me by my father-in-law and good friend, Bob Hicks. Bob is an agile, bright, well-read and philosophical 95 (and eleven twelfths) years old. He tells me often that he loves my writing. I tell him that I love his daughter. It’s a win-win situation for me. Bob has owned a wooded property in Marietta and he has lived there for most of his adult life. It is a beautiful place.

Bob is proud of his trees. He sent me the picture today with a note that said, “This ginko tree was planted in February, 1974.”

The tree was planted 47 years ago and sited just right on the pond so that the yellow/gold leaves could be seen from the living room every fall.

Bob gets my morning writings via email and he rarely fails to reply with a poignant remark. The other day when I wrote about the ginko mini-forest and my plans for a bonsai planting to represent it, he told me another ginko story:

“There is a ginko tree on the Darlington Campus,” he wrote, “was given to them by maternal grandfather (Dr. Wicker) I remember being told that it was planted in 1907. It should be in its glory today. I haven’t seen it since the mid-seventies when Dekie was enrolled there.”

I haven’t ever seen the tree on the Darlington campus, but now I guess I’ll have to go find it.

Alberta Hight had me plant two matched ginkos in the reading garden behind the Rome-Floyd County Library. This would have been around 1988. I haven’t visited them for several years.

Wow, look at the generations involved in the planting of 4 ginko trees.

—john schulz

Photo by Bob Hicks

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

6 thoughts on “A Ginko Tree In The FAll

  1. John, I found this to be one of your most interesting posts. Kudos to your father-in-law for planting that lovely ginkgo tree so he can enjoy it when he looks out his living room window, plus its lovely reflection in the pond water. Do tell us readers when you locate that ginkgo tree on the Darlington school campus. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. Nice, John! I have a ginkgo-in-a pot (can’t call it a bonsai yet.) The thought of a ginkgo forest is way beyond!

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