I sat outside in the garden this afternoon for about half an hour, sketching the Betula utilis var. jacquemontii that is one of the beauties of the garden, enjoying the querulous conversations of the Goldfinches and the chiming of the Long-tailed Tits. Cold air from “The North” is coming and it is unlikely there will be many more occasions to enjoy the garden in anything approaching outdoor comfort.
It is a good tree, the white birch. In Spring , catkins dance among pale green leaves; in summer it casts a light but welcome shade; in autumn, those leaves turn golden and finally, in winter the ghostly beauty of the bark brings light to a dark corner. It carries a couple of bird feeders too. What more could you ask for from a tree?
Do you have a favourite tree or other plant in your garden? Perhaps the one you would grow in a new garden if you had to move?