I love to stroll in an arboretum with unusual trees from around the world. One of the places I often go to is Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which has one of the largest private collections of trees in England. In the spring you can see the grass completely covered with yellow daffodils and white snowdrops, and another spring attraction is the many Japanese cherry trees. They look like beautiful white and pink clouds when they bloom from the end of March and into May.
One of the more special trees in the arboretum is a Handkerchief Tree. It originates from China and is not often seen in Europe, and one can well understand why it got its English name – it is not hard to imagine that it isn’t leaves but small, fine handkerchiefs swaying in the wind.
Photo: © Mia Folkmann