This photo comes with a bit of an odd story. A couple of years ago while out walking I found 3 rowan seedlings sprouting out of a rotten gatepost. I scooped them out with what little soil they had and carried them home in a bag (It was an unused dog poop bag but the story sounds more mystic if I just say bag). I planted the seedlings into 3 pots and added them to my future arboritum of trees that I've grown, found or saved over the years. The biggest seedling grew strongly and was planted out into a new patch of woodland in the spring last year. The next biggest needed a bit more pot time but was a fine looking young tree by the autumn.
Over the winter I decided to remove a pair of straggly conifers from a bed in front of my house and plant the rowan in their place. If you don't know rowans were traditionally planted in front of houses as a tree of protection so it seemed like a good thing to do. On saturday I was working on a dry stone wall in the garden and talking with my wife about how I wish the common lizards that used to thrive in the garden would return to enjoy the wall. There used to be a good population of lizards about 6 or 7 years ago but something decimated the population and I haven't seen one since then.
On sunday I removed the conifiers root and all and prepared the ground for the new tree. I'd just finished firming the ground around the trunk when a common lizard walked out of the daffodils and stopped right under the tree. I'd obviously woken it up from hibernation as it could barely keep its eyes open. I placed it on a sunny rock by my new wall and it soon revived enough to go off exploring. By chance I found a passage in a book by Glennie Kindred about the rowan tree last night and apparently the tree is also associated with serpents and dragons in mythology and were said to be guarded by dragons. I'm not one to read too much into that kind of thing but I keep an open mind...
It would also be a better story if I said the last tree was planted near to where I found the seedlings growing in the rotten gatepost and became an amazing landmark but in reality a snail ate the last one before it reached 4" tall and the ground near the post was bulldozed for housing so we'll all just pretend it happened ok?