The Tuesday tree: the white lady
What will we show for Tuesday trees in May? All the blossoms and green leaves of May are arriving early in this warm weather. The most striking early arrival is our ancient gean, our Queen of the May, who has burst into blossom a full fortnight ahead of last year. Here she is in her white party clothes yesterday:
She started turning white a week ago. At this rate the blossom will be finished before May Day – and then what shall we do for our May Queen? Not that I am complaining. It’s just rather strange to see the geans all decked in white half way through April. Compare this with last year: a photo I took on the second of May (when it was still very cold) shows her blossom not yet fully out, and the emerging leaves still sparse on the trees around her.
Oh, I am very glad, for many reasons, that it is not this time last year.