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I hugged a tree and I liked it

Some tree hugger in Austin, Texas told me to do it! But unlike Cat who has photographic evidence, there was nobody around to catch me in the act so I can’t prove it. But I hugged my tree today. And it didn’t feel weird. Really it didn’t. Try it!

And I found a really welcome little surprise. The Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which I have growing at the base of the huge tree that stands in my front garden, has attached itself at various places and is starting to wind its way around the tree, in what seems to be a “hug”. Given the size of the little Star Jasmine and that of the big tree it might take years before it looks impressive, but I love the idea that one day this massive trunk may be smothered in this sweet Jasmine.

I hugged a tree

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When last did you hug a tree?

You can get a perspective of the size of this tree in the second photograph – note the size of the bird bath in the lower left corner.

Happy Gardening


By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

13 replies on “I hugged a tree and I liked it”

Well Christine, I haven’t as yet hugged a tree but I have washed the trunk of a white bark Birch. You wont tell anyone, will you. Myra says your tree does look very huggable, hmm!

Funny, I have hugged a tree – a huge Oak tree!! And I could feel the energy it gives generously, without expecting anything in return. Must do it again sometime!
Have been out of sorts with sinus this past week – so been a bit quiet! Sooorryyyyy!!!! 🙁

A few years ago I was lucky enough to spend a day with a tree surgeon as he inspected trees for pruning. Whenever he found a tree that needed pruning, he would give it a big hug. Turns out, that is how tree surgeons measure trees, so they know how much to charge for their work. Wonder if that’s how the tree hugging craze started.

I only think I’ve been hugging trees when climbing them… I used to love climbing to the top of my parents’ 50-foot cherry tree, and at that altitude you definitely hug the trunk firmly!

I don’t know about that confederate jasmine… mine are only a few years old! I suspect that it might be all over that tree before you know it!

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