Thursday, 3 March 2011

Wyke Walk 3 : The West Yorkshire Broom Tree


In most cases broom is classified as a shrub rather than a tree, but in certain parts of West Yorkshire a tree-like species of broom has developed which is characterised by a resilient,circular, almost plastic-like trunk and solid branches bearing a mixture of  spade-like fruit, mop-head flowers, and spiny foliage.

12 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

£5.50 for rock salt! I trust that's a lorry load?

Alan Burnett said...

CB : We put it on our chips up here.

Rosie said...

Looks too much like Spring Cleaning to me!!!

Valerie said...

Be proud... it's not everywhere you find a genuine cotton mop!

I really liked your comment to my going up picture.

Kat Mortensen said...

That must be very rare; we don't get those around here, but we do spot the odd snow-shovel shrub or seaside noodle bush - they're seasonal foliage of course.

Roy said...

The best thing about this sort of flora - it doesn't need to be fed and watered!

When I saw your first Wyke Walk post I saw "Lyke Wake", as in the Lyke Wake Song, which I first heard performed by Pentangle.

Volie2 said...

There used to be a pub in Wyke that I remember called 'The Tyke' - that's it, 'The Tyke at Wyke'. I'm not sure exactly what a 'Tyke' is, or was, but in my mind's eye, it was something like the character in the Sowerby Bridge sculpture produced, I think, by your brother. A 'good 'un' as they say around here.

Alan Burnett said...

Roy : There is equally a famous long distance walk here in Yorkshire which is known as the Lyke Wake Walk : which I suppose is the twisted basis of the title of this mini-series.

Alan Burnett said...

Volie2 : I understand that "tyke" originally meant a small dog or bitch. Yorkshiremen became well known for wandering around with such animals (some of us still do) and the name was extended to include Yorkshiremen. You are indeed right about my brother and Sowerby Bridge.

The Retired One said...

Cute post!

Sunny said...

At least you don't have to rake up their leaves!
Very creative post.
☼ Sunny

Mmm said...

shrub or tree, fantastic shot. you do have the eye for interesting subject matter.