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“Our Own Backyard” Challenge, Part 3

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.

Same City
2 Friends
2 Yards
2 Views

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?

Shoe’s Seeds & Stories
@Copyright 2022 Linda Schueler

“Our Own Backyard” Challenge, Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the “Our Own Backyard” challenge, in which my friend Bev and I will share pictures of our backyards during the seasons.

Same City
2 Friends
2 Yards
2 Views

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. Looking at it yesterday though, I noticed that there has been almost no change in the three months since I first posted.

True, there is less snow on the tree. And there are some daffodils in the background.
Some budding is happening.

This has been a tough spring. It’s been cold with lots of late snowfall. I feel bad for some of my spring flowers, which have not been thriving.

I had meant to concentrate on my Linden tree in this challenge, but as there has not been much change, I am going to post some pictures from other changes happening in the backyard.

The violets have been prolific this year.
I always love how eye popping my forsythia is.

So change is happening, just slower with my Linden tree. I’m excited to see how much different my Linden tree will be in three months from now.

Head on over to Bev’s post to see how much her gardens have changed.

What’s it look like in your corner of the world?

Shoe’s Seeds & Stories
@Copyright 2022 Linda Schueler

“Our Own Backyard” Challenge

Welcome to the “Our Own Backyard” challenge, in which my friend Bev and I will share pictures of our backyards during the seasons.

Same City
2 Friends
2 Yards
2 Views

The idea is to document a part of our backyards every season for a year. I have decided to document our European Linden tree and how it changes throughout the seasons.

Our Linden tree was planted shortly after my parents first got the house, likely before I was born. My mom’s name was Linde, the German word for Linden tree. I was named after her, but my name is the anglicized version. So although I always call it my mom’s tree, I feel a special connection to it.

I estimate it was already 10-20 years old then, so it must be around 60 or 70 years old now.

Not much is happening during the winter time, but I am excited to see the changes that will occur over the seasons.

It’s a tall tree!
After the snowstorm
Buds: a promise
I often find icicles here. It must be the grooves in the craggy bark.

When I was taking some of these pictures, I was really feeling the winter blahs. I put my hands on the tree, and I felt a deep thrumming coming from the tree! Even during the winter, there was still so much life in the tree, which made me feel so much better. I left feeling revitalized.

Head on over to Bev’s post to read all about her gardens this season.

I’m excited to share what my tree looks like in the spring.

I’d love to see something from your backyard.

Shoe’s Seeds & Stories
@Copyright 2022 Linda Schueler