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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The ginkgo is an ancient tree-fern dating back to the era of the dinosaurs, an exceptionally hardy but slow-growing tree with beautiful fan-shaped leaves, each veined with radiating ridges like Fortuny pleating.

When I was a little girl my parents planted a ginkgo on our front lawn, quite unusual then for small town Ontario. When I went off to the big city for university, I felt welcomed by the stunning grove of ginkgoes on campus in front of the main cultural centre. My DH and I travelled to Kyoto in October 1989 and enjoyed the ancient ginkgoes in the temple gardens, then in their full autumn splendour. When we returned, we planted a ginkgo on our own front lawn. After my parents died within hours of each other in 1997, my sister and I had a ginkgo planted on their shared graves.

The ginkgo tree is special to me. When I left for work yesterday morning my ginkgo was still bright gold, illuminated in the autumn sunshine. Dazzling!

And by the time I got home, every golden leaf had fallen straight down, creating a golden pool around the trunk. All at once. As they do every year.

Fan with unlearned grace
Flex and flutter pleats precise
Geisha ginkgo leaf.

NANCY has a wonderful blog with golden ginkgo images:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CRYSTALJEM 11/1/2013 10:04AM

    I wish I could convince one to grow here, but alas, just far enough away from the right climate to make it unrealistic, at least for my skills. Great blog. Thanks. CJ

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/31/2013 11:58AM

  Nice blog! Is it the same tree one get the herb, Ginko Biloba from? Interesting tree. Love its leaves! (I am that way about the Mimosa!) Love it, but cant seem to grow it ! But love its beauty! HOpe you have a safe Halloween night! susana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/30/2013 10:12PM

    The seed pods are pretty tasty, too. They were served in a restaurant I went to while in Japan around 1990.


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PHOENIX1949 10/30/2013 7:30PM

    Appreciate learning about ginkgo trees. I have several plants, not trees, in my yard that have been passed along through multiple generations of the family and they serve as a link to good memories of those who came ahead of me.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/30/2013 2:01PM

    A beautiful poem for a beautiful tree.

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MEADSBAY 10/30/2013 1:49PM

    Wow- I've never seen one!
Thank you for expanding my world so beautifully.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/30/2013 1:04PM


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NUOVAELLE 10/30/2013 11:00AM

    What a beautiful tree! I had never heard of it before and after reading your blog I found some images of them in autumn. They get such an amazing golden yellow color!
Thank you for sharing its significance for you and your family. Your parents' story must be really touching.

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NANCY- 10/30/2013 10:41AM

    As a young tree so stark and bare looking, it is difficult to image the future beauty of the tree. Thank you for sharing your treasured thoughts with us.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/30/2013 10:01AM

    Ok how do I keep getting unsubscribed to you. lol. I'm back. And here I thought you were taking a break. I'll be catching up later. Have a great day b

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BOOKAPHILE 10/30/2013 9:48AM

    I love the way you paint pictures in my mind with your words! It looks beautiful.

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KALIGIRL 10/30/2013 8:53AM

    So glad you enjoyed and emoticon for sharing

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/30/2013 8:28AM

    Like DDOORN I've only thought of ginkgo as a supplement. After your beautiful description, I'm going to google the image.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/30/2013 8:15AM


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PHEBESS 10/30/2013 7:59AM

    Love gingkos! So graceful and elegant!

And one of the only trees alive today that looks the same as the fossils found of it!

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DDOORN 10/30/2013 7:56AM

    I don't believe ginkgo trees are around our this from where the nutritional supplement is derived?


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