Tuesday, 28 April 2009

My sacred tree.......

I love my old apple tree, almost, as much as I love bees........
I love the way, her inner trunk is being eaten away, she is gaining a new entrance.......

Jack in the hedge guards the open space........


A robin sings from a branch.........settled amongst the blossom.......



Rain...........
or shine, she adds charm.....
she becomes more beautiful with age.......
she is my sacred tree........
Why not visit another old apple tree showing her blossom....Shy Songbirds Twitterings............
a lovely blog, full of charm..........




29 comments:

beckie said...

Cheryl, I knew it had to be your apple tree when I saw your title. :) She is like the grand old lady of the garden. Think of all the things she must have seen in her life time. And yet every year she still puts forth her lovely blossoms with promises delicious apples.

I am glad this tree is in your Sanctuary-she is being loved for all she is.

Have a great gardening week dear friend.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Lovely post, Cheryl. I think trees are so very special, and you have captured the essences of your beautiful apple tree. Her blossoms are lovely and she provides much needed shelter for your wonderful wildlife.

I agree with you, Shy Songbird has a wonderful blog. I have been enjoying getting to know her.

Re said...

Gorgeous blossom photographs and the shot of the robin is lovely. h.e too have a gorgeous old apple tree in the garden that provides the perfect place to sit beneath.

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful tree. Full of character and beauty.

Rose said...

She is beautiful, Cheryl! And I would imagine she has housed countless welcome guests over the years.
It's ironic that you posted this today, Cheryl. I was plannning to show a few of my trees tomorrow,too. The flowering crabs are just starting to bloom, but the blossoms that outshine them all right now, amazingly, are the apple blossoms.
Hope you are enjoying your time in the garden, rain or shine.

ShySongbird said...

What beautiful photos and words Cheryl, your blossom is gorgeous!

This has been fun, thank you for inviting me to join you on this posting, I have enjoyed it and hope you have too.

Your Robin looks beautiful amongst the blossom, I had a photo of a Collared Dove in my tree but had used it before (drat! :-D ).

Libby said...

I always love visiting your blog. The old apple tree is lovely and I like the quiet time with Poppie post you did too!

Miranda Bell said...

Nothing like a good mature apple tree - the older the better as you say - I was very upset when our neighbouring farmer here (with his field bordering our woodland where she is decided a bit of "light" pruning was required - what a mess he's made and I'm guessing it will take a while to form the beautiful shape that had started with the branches making a lovely archway... unfortunately I've just had to move on but was v. upset at the time. Ours are not in bloom yet.. almost though! It's a battle with the weather this week - but the garden is enjoying a good soaking. take care and have a good week Miranda

Liz said...

Wonderful photos and blossom, such delicate warming pink :)

Cheryl said...

Hi Beckie....lovely to have you visit.....

Thank you.....she is a very special tree....I think many would have felled her but she does a wonderful job, housing wildlife, producing fruit for the table.....

She is a feature I would never be without......

Cheryl said...

Hi Morning Glories....old trees are worth their weight in gold....they do more for wildlife and the environment than most other species of plant.....

Glad you are enjoying Shy Songbirds blog......

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose....yes I am enjoying the time in the garden at the moment....the hard work is paying off and I am getting much pleasure from seeing the changes......

Apple blossom is just the best....it is my favourite, there is just something that is so special.....I think I like it because it always looks so soft in its colouring.....

Have a lovely week Rose and look forward to seeing your trees......

Cheryl said...

Hi Shy Songbird....it was a pleasure for me to, tku for joining me.....

I love the 'drat' comment.....you make me smile......

Cheryl said...

Hi Miranda.....it is always upsetting when people mess with trees and they lose some of their character. When they felled the oaks at the bottom of the garden I was upset for months......but I am a tree hugger......

Hope the weather settles soon.......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a beautiful old lady to have ensconsed in your garden Cheryl. She is lucky to have such a great admirer as you to care for her in her old age.

Brenda said...

How sweet your words. Only a gardener I think would truly understand the meaning. I certainly do!
Brenda

Cheryl said...

Lisa and Brrenda.....thank you....she is a treasured and well loved tree......Poppi and Riley also love her, they often find Easter eggs nearby.......

Dawny P said...
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Dawny P said...

Hi Cheryl xx I cannot believe how much of your wonderful stuff I've missed (I have been such a bad blogger of late) and when I came over to have a look, your old lady was there to welcome me back. How wonderful. I know how much you love this tree and she is indeed very special. I have been seeing lots of bees in the garden for the last few days and I am always reminded of you when I see them. I'm going to go and have a proper look now at your beautiful pictures but I hope that you and Mr P and also Mich, Riley and Poppi are all ok and I send you all my love and best wishes xxxx PS your water feature looks really lovely and established xx

Cheryl said...

Hi Dawny......tku for dropping by....hope you and Richard are both well....we are all fine, but extremely busy like everyone.

The garden is taking up most of my time at the moment.......the water feature is full of wildlife...

Enjoy the sunshine......

Cyndee Greene said...

Oh Cheryl~
I know that you have received many awards & that you probably already have this one for sure.
But there was no way that I couldn't send this one to you. So maybe it is just for you to know the profound impact you have made on my life!!!
Loving you across the miles.......

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I too love bees and apple blossoms! And I'm always struck by how different European and American robins are. Hooray for spring!

Gail said...

Your apple tree is wonderful and enduring. I can see why you love her so...she is surely beautiful, but, her endurance despite the ravages of time is awe inspiring. Every garden needs a tree that is revered, appreciated and honored~~sacred! gail

marmee said...

dear cheryl,
how wonderful to have a special tree that is revered. i love that you have an ole' soul in that apple tree. what beauty it brings when it blooms. you have capture her essence in the photos.
will it be alright with that wide opening?

Randy Emmitt said...

Just found this blog. Enjoy the way you muse your way around the garden. We are into the butterflies and dragonflies in a big way as well. I've added your blog to our blog roll so I can check back more often.

Naturegirl said...

I can see why you embrace this beauty..her blossoms are perfection..give her a big HUG for me!

Re said...

Hello I hope you don't mind but I was so inspired by this post that I've copied the idea and posted about my own apple tree over at Renaissance Little Green book.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
It is a joy to see your dear Apple Tree once again in bloom. She gives healing blessings.
Dear little Robin is perfect!
Your photographs bring me right into your garden.
Thank you,
Sherry

naturewitch said...

What a fabulous apple tree, Cheryl. And isn't apple blossom just magnificent? I bet your bees love it. I wonder just how old an apple tree can get? xx