Saturday, 8 May 2021

The Laburnam







 Over the years ( and each one of these photographs represent a year from 2007- 2020) I have enjoyed the laburnum tree in the churchyard .

Yesterday Animal Helper Pat , called around to let me know that it had been felled by the recent storms and bad weather..

I felt like crying 

I’ve just emailed the vicar to see if I can replace it with a brand new sapling  

If he says no 

I will do it anyway

54 comments:

  1. I can understand why you are so determined! It is beautiful.

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  2. The flower fairies have a poem for Laburnum that I learnt at 10 years old at school, and 40 years later I still remember it! Beautiful tree, plant your sapling ­čśÇ

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  3. Anonymous12:33 am

    I felt that way when some incompetent tree loppers cut down my established macadamia nut tree. I felt like I had lost a child.

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  4. Why no? Do it anyway John. X

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  5. Very distinctive-looking tree. I imagine that churchyard will look quite empty, even barren, without it.

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  6. Oh, I am so sorry. Hope he says yes.

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  7. He'll agree. What's not to like?

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  8. What a shame. I love Laburnum, I can't think why I don't have one here!

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  9. But---just last Sunday you said it it was coming into bud and getting green? Perhaps it was already damaged but trying valiantly to go on? You have lost an old friend. Do plant a replacement.

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  10. Barbara Anne5:27 am

    What a shame the church yard's Laburnum was felled due to weather and perhaps age. Hope you get the go-ahead to plant a replacement for it.
    There is a Laburnum Avenue here in Richmond.

    Hugs!

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  11. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that! I love trees so much and I do get attached to certain trees. I had a favorite redbud tree that an ice storm took right in front of me. I cried like a baby as I watched it split right down the middle. I can't imagine the vicar not allowing you to replace it.

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  12. it should not be any problem to plant a tree!

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  13. I'm not surprised you're sad, and I bet you're not the only one. It was a beautiful tree. I can't see why the vicar will refuse. xx

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  14. Of course you will replace it. With or without permission.

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  15. I feel your pain John. Opposite our house is a flowering cherry which is beautiful and has been there for years. Over last few years, the council have hacked it to within an inch of its life and this year it died ! I have rung the council and requested that they plant another one but I’m not holding my breath !!!!! XXXX

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  16. Pretty but deadly - look it up. But seems like I'm the only person who agrees with the vicar!

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  17. So sorry about the loss. I don't know what I'd do if I lost one of my trees.

    Love,
    Janie

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  18. They are such beautiful trees, I keep checking on one in our neighbourhood as I took a photo of it last year and hope to again. Trees are like old friends we think they will always be there.

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  19. it's so sad when any tree is felled for any reason, but to lose such a beautiful tree is heart breaking, plant your sapling.

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  20. It's always sad when a lovely old tree finally collapses. Yes, of course you should plant the sapling, whatever the vicar says. It's not his churchyard, it's the village's.

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  21. Hopefully he will think it's a wonderful idea of yours John but if not you could say-I Will be contacting Prince Charles and Dame Judi Dench regarding this x

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  22. I hope watching the new tree grow will bring you happiness x

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  23. What a shame. Yes. Plant a new one with love.

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  24. The lovely laburnum does seem to be a tree top of the 'they are poisonous!' hit list. Yew berries are red and pretty, and churchyards are full of them, but no-one seems keen to cut them down.

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  25. Beautiful but poisonous. We had more damage in the garden with last week's wind and rain than usual. Things moved that had never moved before. I think the wind was swirling more for some reason.

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  26. I had a gorgeous Laburnum in a previous garden - my young sons were warned never to touch any part of the tree. I couldn't have one here because my dog (who eats anything and everything) would probably die!
    "All parts of the common laburnum are poisonous – the bark, roots, leaves and especially the seed pods. They contain the alkaloid toxin cytisine. Consumption of this can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, frothing at the mouth, convulsions and even death through paralysis."

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  27. I love Laburnum trees but having a small garden decided to plant a weeping version. Sadly when it flowers, for some reason, they are all hidden underneath the leaves. I sometimes go out and pull them through but it just isn't the same. Hope you can plant a beautiful replacement for that lovely tree.

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  28. Hope he says yes. I had enjoyed your Laburnum over the years - you give it a mention every year.

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  29. They grow quickly so a replacement will soon bed in.

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  30. We had a laburnam at the front of our house. I used to love climbing up into it and hiding amongst the yellow blossom for hours. Sometimes my parents would come looking for me, but they never thought about looking up.

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  31. I can see you as a rogue tree planter, stepping out under the cover of darkness to plant flowering trees, wanted or not.

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  32. In the early 1950's my dad worked on a farm in Farningham, Kent, the house was tied to the job, and it was an oast house for drying hops. In the small front yard was a laburnum tree. When its blossoms fell it was like walking on a golden carpet. Forty years later we went to look at the Oast house where I had lived. It had been upgraded and the laburnum tree had gone. I hope you plant a sapling.

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  33. My sympathy, it was a splendid tree. Tree planting by night should be possible if he foolishly says no.

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  34. i say plant the sapling right on top of the vicar. i hear they make great fertilizer.

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  35. Oh how sad indeed. Those are beautiful trees. Hope you get to plant another, John.
    I tried a couple of times to plant one here with no success.....I think our winters are too harsh.

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  36. Oh no! That's such a shame! Hopefully the vicar will go along with your plan.

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  37. You shouldn't have emailed the vicar. If he says no and you plant a new sapling anyway, you'll be Suspect Number One on the police list, LOL!

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  38. What a shame to lose such a beautiful tree. I hope the vicar agrees to you planting a replacement.

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  39. I don't know this tree but it is a very beautiful.
    The wonderful Palo Verde are starting to bloom all over Tucson now. Lots of Yellow Blooms.

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  40. We call that 'Golden Chain Tree' here, and it's everywhere. That one is - or was I guess - beautiful. What a lovely spreading shape it had, not trimmed into a vase like most here seem to do. I think I like it here. I think I like it here a lot. Do visit again!

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  41. A beautiful tree. I especially like the lemon yellow flowers and the general shape of the tree. It is always sad to lose a tree that you've grown to love and enjoy. Ideally there will be no objection to your plan to plant a replacement.

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  42. How very sad but a great idea to replace the tree.

    P.S. There is a spelling error or typo in this blogpost's title.

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  43. Debbie1:35 pm

    They are deadly poisonous, there have been deaths of both children and animals and I would understand if the vicar didn't want it replaced. If he agrees perhaps you could choose a different tree, a weeping willow perhaps? But whatever happens do bear in mind the land doesn't belong to you, you only live next to it.

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  44. John if you are discouraged from planting a Laburnum you could perhaps exchange it for a Linden tree. The smell on a sunny day from the blossom is tremendous. They are in a lot of parks near us and I just love standing near one on a sunny day. The blossom is yellow too. Used for medicinal purposes too apparently. x

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  45. Barbara Anne3:47 pm

    It's odd not to have a blog post from you but it's okay. Hope you're busy having fun!

    Hugs!

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  46. I have always loved Laburnum trees. I hope you will be able to replant it. As for it being a danger due to its poisonous properties, perhaps a small fence can be put round it to keep out dogs and small children.

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  47. Did he offer a reason why? It certainly was a fine looking tree.

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  48. Trees have such a magnetism..I too have really loved various trees in my long life .I understand your sadness .The circle of life never stops turning .

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