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11-02-2019 20:47
aldra Wel there you go

The fabulous Rowan tree

The equally fabulous Yew

We donít have the benefit of living in the country

We live in the middle of a town

But I have my Yew trees

Iíve always loved them

As Iíve walked around grave yards

Iíve found them quietly brooding

And giving up non of their secrets
11-02-2019 07:29
raynipper I like Yuccas for that reason.

10-02-2019 22:15
HurricaneSmith I can help you there Sandra. In far off times, livestock used to stray and make nuisance of themselves.

The church planted Yew trees because they are poisonous, forcing people to make sure their animals kept out of churchyards.

It's a bit like folk in the past planting Rowan trees in their smallholdings, becsuse everyone knew that they warded off evil spirits. In fact, if you come across a Rowan tree, look around, because it's probably the site of a croft.

10-02-2019 22:11
TeamRienza It was thought that Yew trees had the power to ward off evil spirits. They were also the preferred wood for the manufacture of Bows (archery) leading to, I believe, the term yeomen of England.

The notable victory at the Battle of Crecy by the English over the french was thought to be the start of the 2 fingered salute. A taunt by the bowmen who used those fingers to draw the bow. I am given to understand that if a bowman was captured by the French, they cut off those fingers. This made it very difficult for the bowmen to sign on the dole. (That last bit is a joke!)

The berries are poisonous to people but not apparently to birds. Around 30 berries is a lethal dose, yet despite this the yew is the source (or was) for the ingredient in the anti cancer drug tamoxifen.

God my head is full of random stuff, mostly true.

10-02-2019 18:19
aldra Yes in church yards

Iím not sure why

I once knew

But it escapes me

Still love the Yew

And the Oak tree

10-02-2019 18:09
HurricaneSmith We have an elderly Yew tree in our garden and it's the preferred tree for birds visiting our feeding stations.

They are one of the longest lived trees in the UK and are frequently found in church yards. The oldest one sits in Fortingall churchyard in Perthdhire (2000-3000 years old). I intend to visit it one day.

10-02-2019 17:47
aldra I love Yew

Donít know why

We planted one in the gap in our hedge and on our side border of mixed trees and shrubs

Itís a sort of forever tree, and beautiful

10-02-2019 14:37
Spacerunner Who says houses donít grow on trees? 😄
10-02-2019 09:59
teljoy "Yew" got it round the wrong way LOL.
10-02-2019 07:53
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