If you love trees, poetry and art, this is a pure must-read. An absolute delight!
Is the rowan tree still there in the garden of the house where I grew up? The thought occurred to me as I listened to the second of five talks by Fiona Stafford on The Meaning of Trees, broadcast last week in BBC Radio 3’s Essay strand (and available as a podcast download). Stafford had begun by explaining the Rowan’s popularity as a tree for suburban gardens – it’s easy to grow, is good on all kinds of soil, is low maintenance, and doesn’t grow too large.
For gardeners the tree has several benefits. It’s a tree for all seasons – a kaleidoscope of changing colours throughout the year, from creamy spring blossom and pistachio summer green to autumn’s bright scarlet berries. It’s popular with bird-lovers because it’s a favourite of blackbirds and thrushes. The result is that rowans found in suburban streets and gardens all over Britain.
Yet this is a tree that first flourished…
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