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Ancestral Trees

 Ancestral Plants

Oldest Species of Tree

Oh! ginkgo biloba! We stand in awe of your ancient ancestry. For, you can trace your line back more than two hundred and ninety three million years. It was warm then, and you shared your life with dinosaurs in swamp and fen. The others now all sadly gone but, you, Ginkgo biloba, you have lived on and on and on and on. You just grew and grew in far off times, because you loved an atmosphere rich in C O two. Now we do our very best, those that live in the West, and unwittingly it’s true, to give you what you need, to feed and feed and feed. You are more and more comfy as the years pass by. There will be many descendents of you, a living fossil primeval tree! Oh! ginkgo biloba! We stand in awe of your ancient ancestry.

 

Oak Trees

The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest is incredible, it is of great age and size, and everyone who sees it says ‘I can’t believe my eyes, can I touch it?’ The Druids, the Greeks, and in the Bible too, generation after generation have caressed an oak, to renew their connection with the Ancient Ones. It is said by some that man originally came from the oak, oh, what a joke! It is surely far wiser and of longer life than us mere mortal folk. We honour your ancestors, King of the Forest! Oh Mighty Oak!

 

Garden Ancestors

I guess it all began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam picked up a spade and started double digging the soils and Eve collected herbs for aromatic oils. Perhaps Eve got lazy, or older, and could not walk so far, it was pretty basic then, no one had a car to take them to the garden centre, so she dug up the wild plants and planted them nearer to the house. And thus, the kitchen garden was born, the flower garden, the patio and the potting shed. Thank you, with joy, to the garden flora and foliage that our ancestors shared with slugs, and worms, and the occasional mouse. Thank you, with pleasure, to those plants that have come to live nearer our homes, their leaves and stems, roots and seed, the hybrid, the cultivated, the fruit and the weed.

 

Extinct plants

We call upon the Ancient Ones who are extinct. We call upon the ancestors who lived upon this land on shady valley floor, on hillside, on mountain top, on desert of ice or sand. We call upon those Ancestors who have lived and gone forever, who have rooted, grown and flowered but will never return to Earth. We remember you as you look upon us. We thank you for your presence, for your part in creation’s plan. We thank you although we know you not, for you were the strong foundation from which all life began. May we be worthy descendants as we honour your gift of life.

 

 

Oldest Species of Tree

Oh! ginkgo biloba! We stand in awe of your ancient ancestry. For, you can trace your line back more than two hundred and ninety three million years. It was warm then, and you shared your life with dinosaurs in swamp and fen. The others now all sadly gone but, you, Ginkgo biloba, you have lived on and on and on and on. You just grew and grew in far off times, because you loved an atmosphere rich in C O two. Now we do our very best, those that live in the West, and unwittingly it’s true, to give you what you need, to feed and feed and feed. You are more and more comfy as the years pass by. There will be many descendents of you, a living fossil primeval tree! Oh! ginkgo biloba! We stand in awe of your ancient ancestry.

Page last updated: 29th Nov 2017