I have been away on holiday and missed the last two months for posting my tree following. They are all in their summer glory right now and I thought I would add something about the context they are growing in.
Whitebeam in Old St Chad’s Churchyard, Shrewsbury
This is a lovely quiet spot just off the main shopping streets and a few hundred yards down the road from the apartment my partner and I have in the town centre. The whitebeam shares the peace with chestnuts, acers and others, and of course the silently ‘slumbering’ deceased of years gone by. Shrewsbury has several lovely old churches in the heart of the town, this one fell into disrepair and was replaced by a glorious circular building on the Town Walls, but I love the tranquility of this often overlooked corner.
Old St Chad’s Churchyard
Old St Chad’s Church
Apple Trwyn Mochyn
This is one of several apples I have planted in our Welsh garden. It is part of a polyculture of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs and as you can see sometimes the exuberance of the polyculture’s growth climbs up to and into the apple tree.
The picture above was before summer pruning and below is after – and I have also removed the plants growing very close to the tree.
Silver Birch, in South Shropshire semi ancient woodland
This is one of quite a few silver birch growing in this corner of the woodland. It is a damp site and although silver birch readily colonise the site, they don’t live all that long on it. Further down the slope where more moisture accumulates two (or perhaps three) have fallen in the last year and some are rotting where they stand, prior to falling – maybe this winter?
On a sunny summer’s afternoon there is nowhere quite as serene and uplifting as being in the woods.