Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Old Linden Tree in Leaf

Among the more dramatic arboreal residents here at the farm is the old linden tree which lives along the driveway next to the remains of the bank farmhouse. This tree has tons of character, and history to boot. According to the landlady, this tree actually used to be MUCH bigger until it was injured in the fire which destroyed the bank farmhouse.

It still amazes me how dramatic the change has been across the landscape with the onset of spring. I still see the architecture of the trees now ensconced in a thick overcoat of leaves and flowers. Here we see the linden tree, blossoms shed now on the brink of summer, fully clothed in her peaceful corner. Beneath the tree is a shade so thick that I’m certain the temperature is several degrees different from the surrounding area.


  1. This is an outstanding tree. It reminds me of one of my college professors, who named one of her children Linden, after the tree.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful professor! This tree has my heart... such history!

  3. ::jaw drop::

    That tree looks like it's its own ecosystem. Wow.

  4. These photos are amazing. I wouldn't be suprised if these trees opened their eyes and starting speaking like in The Lord of The Rings.

    And welcome to Garden Voices.

  5. Greetings and welcome Anthony! Thank you for visiting, and for the compliments. This tree in particular is so inspiring... I could definitely see it get up and walk around!

    Thanks for the welcome to Garden Voices. It's my pleasure to join the community - there is so much wonderful material in there!

  6. Sylvia, I know just what you mean!

    Wrinkled Weasel, thanks for the link, and thanks for stoppping by!

  7. can u say the specific name of linden tree in tamil

  8. karthikryan - welcome, and thanks for visiting Arboreality.

    The Linden Tree is also commonly called a Lime Tree or a Basswood Tree in the English language. The common Linden tree goes by the Latin scientific name Tilia x europaea of the family Tiliaceae.

    Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the Tamil language. If you are able to find a tree/plant identification book in Tamil, you may be able to match the Latin species I have named with the appropriate Tamil name.

    Good luck!



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