My little rowan tree took a long time to get going in spring but now it is full of leaf and going-over flower. It stands protectively just behind the shepherd's hut.
There it is, just behind the chimney, growing up out of the hedge. To the left of the hut the boundary is holly trees, somehow with an elder growing amongst them. You can just see the white of the elder flowers in the tree.
The tree is multistemmed. I imagine that might be as a result of the young tree being cut down with the rest of the hedge when it was smaller so that it has branched out like coppiced hazel. There are two other rowans in the field but the others are single stemmed. They are graceful trees like that but I also like the gently spreading shape of the multi stemmed one. If anything for me that increases the protective nature of its presence.
Look up into the canopy between the two largest trunks and you can see why rowan leaves appear in designs for fabric or wallpaper. Their delicate, perfect symmetry is a pleasure for the eye.
The rowan rises out of the hedge now and the hedge itself is full of leaf and flower. The lushness of a native hedge in summer always amazes me. Dog roses climb through the hawthorn.
A month or so ago bluebells washed at the foot of hedge. Now it is foxgloves. Bees climb in and out of the bells.
The badger track which leads round the tree and out under the fence into the next field is even clearer to see now that the grass is growing long.
We cut back some of the smaller branches of the tree when the shepherd's hut went in to stop them rubbing against it. The new growth from where they were cut seems to leap straight from the trunks.
Wherever I look, up, down or alongside, I love this tree. It is a companion tree. I am getting to know it so much better as a result of following it every month. Thanks to Lucy at Loose and Leafy for the idea. Have a look at her blog for links to people all over the world following their favourite trees.