Je ne sais quoi

DAY 88 (2 JULY) – Large-leaf lime (Tilia platyphyllos) (Farnham)

This evening’s sun was so bright that the silhouette of a branch shows through this lime leaf with amazing precision.

I’ve long admired this lovely avenue of large-leaf limes that runs through our local churchyard. They remind me of those village squares in France where there’s always a war memorial, a fountain and someone sipping a morning cognac. Except here I was accompanied by the sound of a very English bell-ringing practice. Gorgeous all the same.

Sure enough, these trees are native to much of Europe, and locally to south-west Great Britain. Everywhere else calls them large-leaf lindens. But of course we had to have a different name from the ‘Continentals’, didn’t we?

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