[TREE YEAR] Summer Harvest

tilia close up on dark So, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped for the Tree Year (it didn’t help that they chopped my trees down though). I got a harvest of flowers from the trees in the park in August but I think they’re different types of tree because they are much smaller than the Church ones and they don’t seem to sprout at the base. This afternoon I have some hope that the Church trees are showing hopeful signs of regrowth though and i’ll continue to post on their progress. I have alot more to share about the wonderful properties of the Tilia flowers but, for today, with a whisky induced headache, I simply offer some pictures of a Summer harvest to look forward to…

tilia a mass of flowers

tilia close up on tree


Yes I know this is now 6 months late! But last time I looked it was April. What happened to Summer? It makes me feel a bit sad to look at these pictures now. Spring had just sprung after an awful Winter, the air was warming up and I looked forward to a Summer sitting underneath my Tilia trees…

But then came May with late frosts, June with unseasonal gales and Summer ended up just dull, damp and disappointing. Now Winter looms again and I never did spend as much time as I had hoped with my trees.

I did spend much of April sitting under them though; knitting hearts for my newest niece Cara; taking time out to read a book and not a computer screen; snoozingzzz and taking pictures as the plants unfurled around me…


APRIL’S BLUE SKIES – the unfulfilled promise of Summer 2011


[TREE YEAR] April's blue skies


APPLE BLOSSOM – sadly lost to the late frosts of May – no apples

[TREE YEAR] Apple blossom


HAWTHORN – blossom just about to burst…
[TREE YEAR] Hawthorn blossom


MOTHER ELDER – stretching bony fingers in the warm Spring air
[TREE YEAR] Mother Elder

As for my Tilia trees? The miraculous development of a canopy, that I had imagined, didn’t happen. The lady across the road would say to me as she passed “don’t worry, they’ll come…” Something to look forward to next Spring?

THE TREE YEAR – Which tree?

To celebrate International Year of Forests I’m going to be participating in the Tree Year project. The idea is to:

1. Pick a tree – either one you like a lot or one that you see every day on your way to work or that happens to live on your balcony.

2. Observe it: every day or once a week or less. What grabs your attention? What kind of animals are and what kind of plants grow on it?
3. Write about your observation, make sketches or take photographs and share it with us.

I loved the idea the second I came across it on Twitter but deciding on which tree took a bit longer. Eventually, I decided on the Lime tree. There is a lovely avenue of them that I walk past on my way to work but there’s also one or two in another local park and several lining the walk down to the river. They all seem quite different so I’ve been wanting to get to grips with the differences between the different Tilia species for a while. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

So, this afternoon I took my camera down to the Millenium Gardens to record the Church Limes on the first day of the Tree Year.

Church Limes

Lime Avenue

The trouble, of course, is that I then noticed the beautiful Birches

Silver Birch

Copper Birch

And remembered our little baby Apple Tree

little baby Apple Tree

And the marvellous Hawthorn/Ivy embrace at the entrance to the gardens

Hawthorn/Ivy embrace

So I recorded them too just in case I feel moved to share their story later on. I like the discipline of having a focus on one tree but, as the Tree Year people say:

This is a start – we’ll see what grows…

It’s really exciting and inspirational to know that I’m taking part in a wonderful global project. This map shows the location of participating trees. I’m looking forward to seeing my little Tree Year tree sprouting out of Scotland soon.

Happy New Year