Friday 8 April 2022

Tree Following April Update


For Tree Following this year, I've chosen a magnificent old cherry tree in North Merchiston Cemetery in Edinburgh (you can see it in the photo above, just to the left of the church building). Crafty Green Boyfriend and I started walking round this cemetery (and the nearby Dalry Cemetery) every day for our #DailyExercise during the first UK lockdown last year. And we're still doing the same walk regularly, though not quite as often. 

Some cherry trees in Edinburgh are already in bloom, but not this one! Here's a close up of the buds a few days ago 

The fungi under the tree are thriving 

Hollis asked in a comment on a previous Tree Following post, how old I thought the tree might be. The oldest grave close to the tree dates to 1913, and it would be reasonable to think that the tree might have been planted back then, certainly no earlier. I don't know how old cherry trees generally live until, but this one is certainly old in its own terms.


Erika said...

I think the bare cherry tree in the top photo has a kind of haunted, gothic look that makes it fit in really well in a cemetery.

And I really enjoy seeing photos from Edinburgh since I was recently reminded of the 6 months I spent there almost 20 years ago as an exchange student at the university.

Jenn Jilks said...

I like the fungi!

Hollis said...

That tree has done well in a century (at most). It must like its habitat :)

Flighty said...

This tree should look wonderful when it does blossom. Interesting about it's possible age as all too often the age of a tree remains a mystery. xx