And they mean that literally. I just learned about the Rose of Hildesheim. A Rosa canina, or wild dog rose, it is thought to be about 700 years old. Among the many feats of its long life, it was bombed during WWII. Not that the rose was a target, I’m sure, but the cathedral, which gave it support, was. All the above-ground shrub was believed to have been destroyed but the roots were intact. The stone rubble created something of a haven for the rose while the half-timbered houses around it burned.
I read something about a thousand year rose and then did a web search. There’s a good wikipedia page with links to other references.
I just read (well, skimmed) a Brookings Institute article that asks about land use in general. Trees are, and should be, part of land use, of course. (This is, after all, pretty much a plant-focused blog!) What I like about the article is that it takes a hard look (in a broad brushstroke sort of way) at many factors that could be tightened up in our sprawling lifestyle. It feels to me a bit like when someone notices that you’ve put on just a bit too much weight – the proverbial spare tire. Dieting isn’t fun but it does get results. At its most dramatic it may save your life. And, the sort of dieting proposed in this article may well save not only your life but the life of the planet.