Why Trees Bloom
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“Poppy why do trees bloom?” Asked his preteen granddaughter.

Poppy had to think deeply before answering. “This goes way back in time, before men began mixing up things. Plants and animals both have seeds, that when left alone, will produce exactly the kind of fruit that is hidden inside the seed. In order for plants to produce fruit, they must first blossom out. In springtime this happens so that other beings may benefit from the blossoms.” The old man tried to keep his answers as simple as possible for such a young mind.

Poppy continued, “Nature has a perfect plan for all of us to live in harmony, unless nature is interrupted! As soon as spring begins to warm up, the sap of trees, that has been sleeping all winter, begins to rise up and goes out to the end of the branches bringing life to, the seemingly, dead branches. Sap is the lifeline of trees, just as our blood stream brings life to our bodies.”

“So, our body could be called a fruit tree?” the young girl asked.

“Yes, that is why it has been said that a tree is known by the fruit it produces,” Poppy replied.

“A tree’s blossoms provide humans with much beauty! Some countries have festivals in springtime called “Blossom festivals” sometimes drawing hundreds of people, taking photos to be enjoyed later, and to share with the folks back home. The tree, most common to an area, is usually the tree that is chosen for the particular Festival. In Japan, Cherry Blossom time is one of the most festive occasions. In the Southern U.S., Apple Blossom Time is a joyous occasion.”

 “Bees gather nectar from the blossoms to make their honey. As they buzz from blossom to blossom, pollen from the blossoms gather on the legs of the bees, thus pollenating other blossoms. They even carry the pollen to other trees and flowers. Bees are a great asset in the pollination of blossoms.” The little girl grew more excited all the time as Poppy related all the benefits derived from the blooming of trees.  

“Birds eat their share of blooms when there is not a ready supply of their regular food. As blossoms fade, other insects, like ants, find a ready source of nourishment. Butterflies drink nectar from blossoms through their tongues, acting as a straw. Certain birds, especially the hummingbird, are equipped with long slender beaks to get at the nectar down deep inside some blossoms. “Oh, I love hummingbirds, the little girl cried! I watch them all the time in Grandma’s back yard!”

The old man became philosophical! “You might be too young to understand this right now, dear, but you are much like a tree. As you grow, you mature into a fruit-bearing tree. Someday, you will be mature enough to bear fruit, and at that time, you will bloom out beautifully. If it be the plan of the Maker, you will produce fruit that has been inside you all the time, the same as all the fruit the tree produces, is already in its roots. You were right when you said that we humans could also be called a fruit tree!”

“Poppy, you are a fruit tree to me, the girl cried excitedly! You have explained to me how blooms benefit, not only humans, but also birds, bees, and butterflies. I am sure, that after I look at an encyclopedia, I will find many other benefits to the blooms of trees!”

“Yes, my dear, the old man replied. It is too bad that so many insecticides and herbicides have been introduced to humankind. As time goes on and man keeps using strong chemicals on the earth, we could wake up some spring and see our beautiful earth without all the wonderful blossoms we are accustomed to.

“I hope not,” the inquisitive little girl said sadly!

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