The soft yellow-green foliage of new leaves is so beautiful. Its brightness lifts the soul after a long wet winter, and its tenderness reflects our state – still waiting for the summer months to kick in and fill us with energy. At Sun Rising, seeing the hedgerows green is always a delight, but watching the memorial trees put on their leaves is even more rewarding.
Walking around the site, at this time I am checking every tree to check to see if they’ve made it through the winter. Those newly planted last December are now putting out their first little leaves. The cherries are coming into bloom, for some this being their first year of flowering (those that are three or four years old). The trees that are now five or six years old are really coming into their own, with bluebells and wood anemones flowering beneath them.
With cowslips and dandelions across the meadows, it is a beautiful time at Sun Rising.