The lime or linden tree – tilia – europaea – is native to Britain. It grows to a height of 25m. Its blossom – providing nectar for bees and other insects – has a sweet smell that can be enjoyed in July. The finely trained white wood is very suitable for carving as it doesn’t warp, and it is also used to make sounding boards and keys for pianos. The bark can be used to make ropes and its flowers for tisanes.
The lime tree’s heart shaped leaves gives rise to its association with virtues such as love, peace and truth. In some European countries lime trees were planted to celebrate the winning of liberty.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. Galatians 5:13
Juniper – juniper us communis – is a shrub-like tree growing up to a height of 10m but with a life span of 200 years. Its berries provide food for birds, as well as for cooking – and for flavouring gin. Traditionally juniper was used to ward of evil spirits. In Renaissance art, juniper represented chastity. In the Book of Kings, Elijah, when fleeing from Queen Jezebel, finds a place of sleep under a juniper bush and is waited upon by an angel.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free… Luke 4:18
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. J Lubbock