Welcome to part 3 of the “Our Own Backyard” challenge, in which my friend Bev and I will share pictures of our backyards during the seasons.
The idea is to document a part of our backyards every season for a year. I had decided to document our European Linden tree and how it changes throughout the seasons.
I was disappointed this year, because there were no flowers on my Linden tree. It’s one of my favourite times of the year, as the bees buzz loudly, visiting the heavenly smelling Linden flowers, also called lime flowers.
It’s not unusual that Linden trees don’t flower every year. However, it’s been a tough year, as we did have the driest June in 15 years, and I wonder how much of an impact that has had.
The tree does look impressive this time of the year.
I have been visiting my tree lately, sitting underneath it. The view from underneath is really cool.
I just finished reading Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book called “Rooted” in which she has a chapter dedicated to trees. Haupt suggests visiting the same tree every day for a season or a year or a life. Well I haven’t been able to do that, but I am making a conscious effort to spend more time sitting underneath my Linden tree.
I highly recommend Haupt’s book. My favourite quote from the chapter on trees:
“Might the trees, if writing their own poem, look at us with pity, instead of the other way around? So uprooted, meandering, separate, skimming the soil’s surface, shielding ourselves from the night, our heavy limbs unresponsive to light wind. Lacking in fragrance, unvisited by birds, nothing nesting in our hair…” (pg. 176)
Head on over to Bev’s post to see how much her gardens have changed. I particularly like her coneflowers.
What’s it look like in your corner of the world?
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What a gorgeous tree. And such a view when you sit underneath.