Tuesday’s tree: the May Queen
For this week’s Tuesday tree, there can really be only one choice. Looking out across the policies from the castle at this time of year, we see every tree turning green except one.
One turns white.
It is an ancient, misshapen gean, which keeps a low profile for eleven months of the year, outshone by its more picturesque neighbours. Reliably, on or about May Day year after year, however, this old lady doggedly puts on her finest white lace in which to receive the homage of her thralls.
Geans are very common in Perthshire: their white blossom can be spotted in many fields and roadside verges in May. We have others in the policies but this venerable old tree is, to me, the Queen of the May: I cannot imagine the month without her.
[Amendment: I had written that geans were part of the Mountain Ash family, but I am happy to have been corrected. They are in fact Wild Cherries, Prunus avium, as Katie at Vintage Squirrel has pointed out – and she ought to know, since she makes cherry vodka from them! I’d tried to check on the Interweb before writing the post, but the Scots name ‘gean’ brought no results. Having tried a bit harder, I’ve now found the relevant information on Wikipedia (of course). I do apologise for involving anyone else in my own befuddlement.]