|Fluffy ash flowers|
Tall and elegant, with pale grey bark and curved twigs, ash is known as the Lady of the Woods. In summer its distinctive pinnate leaves create a delicate tracery against the sky, giving it a distinctly feminine appearance. But these trees are tough ladies - they are vigorous growers and prolific seeders.
|Celtic Buddha under the ash tree|
In the glade behind the Celtic Gardens the beautiful 'Celtic Buddha' sculpture by Linda Brunker sits under a magnificent ash tree with twin trunks. Buddha is supposed to have found enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, so perhaps ash is the Celtic equivalent.