The Magic of Trees: Purpurea

 

In my last Magic of Trees post I introduced you to The Dawn Redwood: https://sistersofthefey.com/2018/12/30/the-magic-of-trees-dawn-redwood/

Today come and join me, take a seat on the tiny bench and let’s wander in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden…

The gardens are home to one of the most magnificent tree collections in the East of England. I am most fortunate to be able to spend time there during my lunch breaks from work.

I would like to share with you a Champion Tree of Britain and Ireland.

(Owen 2003) lists Cambridge University Botanic Garden amongst the top 15 gardens in Britain and Ireland with 21 champions and I have a treat for you.

 

Meet… 20190121_134842 (2)

 Catalpa erubescens Carrie`re ‘Purpurea’ (Bignoniaceae). 

The above photo gives you some indication of this trees mighty bark.

This magnificent tree is situated in the Rock Garden.

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If you stand under it’s branches it becomes eerie and imposing …. Giving a sense of its mysterious darkness…

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From a distance you are struck by its cheeky, twisty bark – (its light side) –  that  dances and twirls in unity with the branches above.

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Trees truly have a remarkable energy. A short spell spent with them during my busy day helps me to relax and recharge for the rest of the day.

Please do pop over to my author blog to discover more about my writing: https://mjmallon.com. 

And do read this fascinating article about trees: The Guardian ‘Places of sanctuary, opportunity, menace and death.’

In the meantime remember to visit a forest, spend time in a garden, and hug a tree for me!

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