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The Tuesday tree: the white lady

April 19, 2011

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.

For more about this gean or wild cherry, see The May Queen, and also (for pictures of it in autumn colours) A Blazing Gean.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Margaret Lambert permalink
    April 19, 2011 12:16 am

    What a difference a year makes. I see that all the trees are further along into Spring this year…and the cattle are happily grazing.
    It’s good to know that you are feeling much better.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 19, 2011 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Margaret. It’s good to see the cattle back, and the odd wee big-eyed calf among them.

  2. April 19, 2011 12:59 pm

    Lovely tree, and you’re so right about the earlier spring. I’ve just been checking our photos from this time last year up here on the north coast and everything is at least 2 weeks further on than 2010. Feels good after the hard winter. 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 19, 2011 6:12 pm

      Yeah, I think we’ve earned this spring! It does feel like a blessing after last year, which seemed to be mostly winter here!

  3. April 19, 2011 5:44 pm

    Beautiful tree. Right now, while yours are blooming, the yew, fir, and cedar here are bowing down with the weight of snow. I am going to pull out my Christmas music. At least I can enjoy spring vicariously here!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      April 19, 2011 6:26 pm

      Hi Lisa, nice to hear from you again. I can’t believe you still have snow! Surely spring will reach you soon…!


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