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.


3 comments:

  1. Hey thank you for posting this. My name is Lindsay, which I had always read means "Linden tree near water." I always thought that was kind of boring, but now I know something special about the tree and appreciate it a little more. I guess you never know what a blog post will mean to someone!
    I've been planning some embroidery projects and am now thinking I'll incorporate some linden leaves/flowers into the design. Thank you again!

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  2. I love that honey smell too! But don't often come across linden trees.

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