You’ve got a magic tree: what does it grow?

Mrs Blackbird
Mrs Blackbird in the Rowan

In my garden, outside my office window, stands a Rowan.  At this time of the year the buds are just bursting and the new leaves are preparing to cover the bare branches in a bright new yellowy-green.  In less than a month it will be covered in white flowers and full of birds hunting insects to feed their young.   So many species come to the tree, from Goldcrests and Blue Tits to Magpies and Wood Pigeons.   Even the occasional Woodpecker.  As the year wears on the leaves turn a darker shade of green and the berries form.  By August the berries ripen into a glorious red and the Blackbirds and Starlings  move in to fatten up for the approaching winter.  The arrival of autumn sees the leaves turn yellow, then brown and fall to ground.   The last of the berries will be fought over by the Blackbirds and possibly some Fieldfares.   Through the dark days of winter it sways in the wind and still provides shelter for passing birds, its trunk green with algae.  It’s been there some 25 years now, having grown from a seed that a passing Blackbird dropped – I really ought to say thank you for all the entertainment it gives me every year!   Now that’s a magic tree 🙂

6 Comments

    1. Thanks 🙂

      That’s weird I get a white background with black writing. It used to be blue with white writing before the wordpress team added all the twitter and facebook options – looks like they may have messed it up somewhere along the line for this particular theme 😦

  1. I updated Internet Eexplorer 8 and that seems to have solved the problem.

    So, it’s not your blog . . . it was my outdated software. 😀

    1. So it was a ‘Feature’ provided by Microsoft 😉 Glad you’ve resolved the issue. Had so many issues with IE in various guises over the years that I normally use Firefox these days.

      Anyway, thanks for taking a look – the tree is currently host to a flock of around 15 adult and juvenile House Sparrows which is great as we had a period of around 10 years when their numbers had dropped so badly that we weren’t seeing them at all. It’s great to have them back – London isn’t London without its Sparrers 🙂

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