I’ve always loved Ivor Novello eand I’ve always loved Lilacs. We’ll gather Lilacs in the Spring again…!
Buddhist monks in the mountains of south-east China have long cultivated gingko trees in the courtyards of their monasteries. Some trees planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old.
Willow has many uses in agriculture and has an emerging role in ecology. But its the Willow’s role in religion, in folklore and in fiction, including Shakespeare, that is fascinating!
The European rowan (S. aucuparia) has a long tradition in European mythology and folklore. It was thought to be a magical tree and protection against malevolent beings.
The English oak is synonymous with strength, size and longevity. Despite its apparently random method of reproduction, oaks can grow to well over 30m and can live in excess of 1,000 years.