picture: mid-August 2004
NB: this species has survived for at least 70 million years; it is often referred to as a living fossil.
NB this species has separate male and female trees
Our Ginkgo tree is but a wee little baby, but it's leaves are nonetheless beautiful! Being a fan of the German poet Goethe and also of the beautiful ginkgo, I will share the following with you:
leaf which here the East
In my garden propagates,
On its secret sense we feast,
Such as sages elevates.
Is it one but being
Which as same itself divides ?
Are there two which choose to mingle,
So that one each other hides ?
As the answer to
I’ve found a sense that’s true:
Is it not my songs’s suggestion
That I’m one and also two ?
AD 1815 - Love Poem to
Marianne von Willemer
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