Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Linden blossom

Some enormous big leaf linden trees (Tilia platyphyllos) grow on the edge of Cobble Hill Park, the small park half a block away surrounded by brownstones and townhouses. The sidewalk beneath them lies in the deep, deep shade created by their overlapping, heart-shaped leaves. They are a tree with a secret, shared only in June.

At home on the terrace, in the evening, I smell the sweet honey scent of their tiny flowers. It is that strong. It is one of the best things about this month.

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