In for a Splash. Soak. Whatever

It may almost be the end of May, but that doesn’t mean all our trees are in leaf yet, oh no…

ash tree

The annual face off between the oak and the ash as to which one is most resistant to the blandishments of spring is on – and it looks as if the oaks have blinked first, by a long way.

spring trees

Normally I’d be rejoicing because as any fule know, ash before oak, in for a soak – oak before ash, in or a splash* but to be honest the ash have been holding out for so long this year I was beginning to worry about it being something more sinister.

If we did lose our ash trees they’d leave such a huge gap in the landscape that it’s hard to imagine. I’ve always thought of ash as being slightly weedy trees, because of their habit of setting seed everywhere and springing up in the most unwelcoming places. But give them a place to spread and a couple of hundred years to do it in and they become magnificent.

ash tree

Fortunately on close examination it looks as if they were just playing dead …

* I can’t help but think there’s a bit of a lack of ambition there on the part of our ancestors when it comes to predicting the summer weather. There’s an obvious gap in the market here for some combination of tree-leaf emergence that heralds a long, hot, glorious barbeque summer – possibly something along the lines of ‘Ash and oak in March their leaves forming, summer spent worrying about global warming…’

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2 Responses to In for a Splash. Soak. Whatever

  1. Andy in Germany says:

    I was a bit concerned about our asj trees as well, but they seem to be showing buds in most cases, so I guess they were taking their time.

    Ash wood is anything but weedy. It has a light colour and very strong growth rings: http://workbike.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/rise-of-the-machines/

  2. disgruntled says:

    It makes the best firewood too.

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