‘Clotho’ and her opposite wych elm neighbour
Two months have passed since I featured the Camperdown elms of Old St Pancras churchyard. In the last post, I’d belatedly tuned in to the fact that a Wych elm was in fact growing just opposite the Umbrella elms, ‘Clotho’ and ‘Lachesis’, that I’d been studying. Recently I took an even closer look at it and believe that this was once a Camperdown elm.
To understand this phenomenon a quick recap is necessary. Camperdown elms are small, twisted limb, umbrella-shaped, cultivars originating from a mutant elm branch, grafted onto either Wych or English elm rootstock. First cultivated by the Earl of Camperdown’s head forester in the mid 1800s, the original mutant cutting has been the stock for every cultivar since. Read More…»
Atropos in summer decor
It’s two months to the day since my last ‘tree follower’ post and the weeks of rain can only have benefited the Camperdown elms in the fullness of their summer foliage. Back in May I focused on the solitary ‘Atropos’, which is how I refer to the third of these Umbrella elms (Ulmus Glabra ‘Camperdownii‘) that grow in Old St Pancras’ churchyard. The obvious signs of ageing and neglect are well hidden now under the density of leaves, although the suckering root-stock at base is obviously still evident. 1
Some of the best reasons for documenting a tree throughout the year is to gain knowledge, become virtually personally acquainted and develop powers of observation that the cursory glance misses. That is the theory and this latest photographic record proved the point whilst putting me to shame on the observation skills front. After 6 months it is as though I am seeing the trees for the first time…. Read More…»
This month I decided to focus on the solitary ‘Atropos’, which is my name for the third of the Wych elms that reside in Old St Pancras’ churchyard.
'Atropos' & the camperdown wych elm