Compared to the refined and statuesque Copper Beech, I am somewhat squat and dumpy
The marbled, uniform bark of the Medlar puts my irregularities to shame though insects favour the shelter of the crevices
All along the walkways, sentinel Limes set an orderly tone to Gordon Square whereas I’m more of a chaotic, multi-trunked conglomerate. I’m aged too and rather common, with amputated limbs and a most poisonous reputation.
It is of course, Laburnum anagyroides which, so far, has escaped the predations of the Health and Saftey police. Hence I’ve chosen to keep a weather eye on this tree and document it in detail throughout 2013, whilst joining Lucy for more Tree following
‘It was astonishing to stand at the drawing room window and look into all those trees; the tree which shoots its branches up into the air and lets them fall in a shower; the tree which glistens after the rain like the body of a seal.’ (Virginia Woolf on Gordon Square)