I found that terrific windstorms yesterday had knocked over one of our linden trees, Tilia cordata. In 1991 we invited our three daughters and three granddaughters to visit on Memorial Day to each plant a linden tree along the pasture fence to the west of the house. Tracy was almost 10, Tricia was 5 and Caitlin was only 13 months, but they all got their pencil sized linden trees in the ground. However, time brings change, not all of it good.
When I left for Norwalk on Sunday, three of those trees were still standing; the other three had come down at different times over the years. In fact the two trees that now remain, at the beginning and end of the row were both damaged, one by a plow and one by insect damage, but both have coppiced, which is to say that new shoots have grown out of the trunk. They look more like bushes now than trees.
I checked the trunk of the newly fallen tree which broke off right at ground level. The wood is splintered but it is not rotten. The winds were described as ‘wind shear’ and ‘mezzo-cyclones’ . Whatever they were, the winds came from the north, as usual, and were strong enough to knock the tree down right at the soil level.
Lindens, also called basswood, or lime trees have interesting uses. Basswood is light and good for carving. For those who enjoy flowery or herb teas, ‘lime flower’ tea is really made with the blossoms of linden trees.
Lindens are beautiful trees, with wondrously fragrant flowers. Unfortunately they seem not be be ideal trees for Heath. Still, Caitlin’s tree, as well as her mother’s, are healthy in their shrubby shape for the moment.
Good things happened while I was away, too. The white lilacs and the Sargent crab have begun to bloom. Sitka and Alchemyst roses were delivered as were 10 black raspberries and three new blueberries from Nourse Farm. My husband heeled them in and tomorrow I will be in the garden all day planting and watering. Probably weeding, too.