We have had a wonderful week of sunshine and the trees are in full bloom. I took a short walk yesterday through the park and stood admiring the wonderful chestnut trees. These trees are very old with gnarled trunks so next time I must make sure I take my camera with me. They reminded me of a trip to Chatsworth when I was a tree warden. We were taken to a private part of the estate to see some very old trees, many of which were fallen sideways but still living. Here is a photo of a fallen one showing its large roots.
I always think that this time of the year is wonderful. Nature brings out such colours and the trees show us many different shades of green. There is something about the sight of trees in full bloom or just very leafy that fills the heart with joy. Yet even now moving towards the end of May, the ash locally is only just opening it’s leaves. I was looking for an oak tree when walking in a small patch of woodland on Thursday to see which had opened it’s leaves first. There is the old saying ‘oak before ash, it will be a splash, ash before oak, will be a soak’. This refers to the summer weather so I hope the oak came first!
Here is a photo of a tree taken in Kew in May a few years ago.