A rowan for Tuesday and all days
I was up on the hills amongst the fading heather yesterday, happy as the bees.
On the way down again, where the trees began, I paused to admire a splendidly gnarled old rowan tree.
It reminded me that I have been asked to pick up the thread of my Tuesday Tree posts, which have been rather neglected this year. So here is a rowan for Tuesday, a Thomas More-like rowan for all times and all seasons, in fact, for these are trees that are both deep with resonances and decorative throughout the year. I have never seen one quite as bent, as ancient-looking, as many-trunked as this one: an upland tree that speaks powerfully of the will to survive.
This is the rowan’s best season, when the berries light up the byways, so it is no great coincidence that The Hazell Tree blog/magazine features the rowan too this week. Jo Woolf has written a wonderful article there, saying everything I would want to say and more about this very Scottish tree. If you are a tree-hugger (as I hope you are) I urge you to drop in there to find out more.
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