My brother the ethnobiologist, helped me identify the seven ogham trees that grow in his backyard! It is so exciting that over a quarter of the trees I need for this endeavor live in my family home. When I arrived he showed me the honey suckle he had saved for me, and then the ivy, hawthorne, apple, hazel, oak, and holly that grew there.
I never imagined I would be able to look at a piece of cut branch and know what tree it came from. I am so proud of myself today, because I learned how each type of tree has its own unique appearance.
For example in this picture there is alder on the left, holly in the middle, and hawthorne on the right. They look so different from each other, I don't know how I ever could have seen them as just plain wood!
The alder is so pretty! I love how red it is. Holly is greenish blue, and Hawthorne is very tan. I am going to make a Hawthorne set for a new friend of mine as a surprise for her.
My brother and I gathered lots of Hazel, Apple, and Oak. Those three and the honey suckle are seasoning (drying) for me, so I can go there in a few weeks and make them into rune blanks.