Tree following – July 2014

The last tree following post I did was two months ago and I have to say that although I’ve looked at it most days since there really don’t seem to be any noticeable changes.

Here it is last week viewed from just beyond where I turn off for the allotments.

The willow tree early July 2014

I haven’t even seen many birds on it either, just the occasional magpie and  wood pigeon, although I do look up at it when I go through the gates.

Looking up at the willow tree

What I have noticed is that it has been constantly shedding leaves presumably due to a lack of water.

Shed willow leaves late May 2014

Over on Greentapestry I’ve been enjoying Anna’s posts as she’s also following a willow. Val on her blog A Year of Two Trees is following a Horse Chestnut with some added willow observations.  For more tree following posts see Lucy’s post Tree Following July 2014.

Happy tree following, and have a good weekend!

 

 

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32 Responses to Tree following – July 2014

  1. Mo says:

    I must do this next year. I’ve missed tree following.

  2. CJ says:

    Trees always look so heavy at this time of year don’t they. I love the sound of the wind in all of those leaves. CJ xx

  3. A lovely tree Mike you are so lucky to have that to follow on a weekly basis

  4. Caro says:

    It’s at this time of year that the willows on Hampstead Heath really catch my attention; they’re magnificent. I haven’t specifically noticed birds on the willows, perhaps the long branches aren’t as comfy for perching as other nearby trees, especially if they’re swishing around in the wind! I was thinking that there won’t be much change in my fruit trees either for this month’s tree following!

    • Flighty says:

      caro they sound wonderful. This willow sees a lot of different birds on it, this morning it was a pair of crows. Maybe not, and you don’t have to tree follow post every month. xx

  5. Joanne says:

    The sound of wind swishing through willow leaves always reminds me of my primary school days. The school yard was (& still is) surrounded with willow trees. It is such a lovely sound & a great tree for you to follow.

  6. Chloris says:

    Your tree is looking good. I think they all lose a few leaves in summer, specially as it has been so dry. A bit of rain today though which is most welcome.

  7. kate says:

    What a beautiful tree – I can almost hear it swooshing as I look at your shots. It’s still looking rather fresh, despite the dropped leaves.

    • Flighty says:

      Kate hello, and thanks for stopping by to comment. Swooshing is exactly how it sounds when it’s windy. It looks better a distance than close up. xx

  8. Hollis says:

    maybe not changing much but still a beautiful tree! (beautiful photos too)

  9. nikkipolani says:

    Such a pretty to follow all year long. Maybe some rain will spruce it up.

  10. elaine says:

    It is a magnificent tree – ours drops leaves all year round

  11. I have lots of fallen leaves in my garden. We’ve had quite strong winds which have brought down small apples and lots of hazel nuts before they are ready. Yesterday and today we’ve had heavy rains which has been a blessing as the ground and water butts have been very dry.

  12. snowbird says:

    The willow does hate dry weather, we had an enormous aged one that finally blew down one Christmas in a storm….it always sulked when it was dry and dropped it’s leaves.xxx

  13. A lot of trees seem to enter a slightly staff phase round about now, don’t they. My twisted willows have shed a lot of leaves thanks to water stress, I hope they don’t get diseased too, while weakened, but I don’t like watering established plants. I still love the shape of your willow though.

  14. wellywoman says:

    I think the dry weather is having quite an impact on trees. My own crab apple is looking a bit worse for wear. I noticed birds, which seem so prominent during the spring months seem to ‘disappear’ at this time of year. Not sure if that’s just because vegetation is so dense we don’t see them and they aren’t singing so much. x

    • Flighty says:

      Welly it always does sadly. That’s a shame. Many birds, having raised their young, will now be moulting so tend to keep out of sight until they have their new feathers.

  15. Lucy Corrander says:

    Not much may have changed but that in itself is interesting because some trees change a lot. And the absence of birds – that’s interesting too. And the leaves falling, the discussion about water. And, above all, looking up through the branches with the blue sky beyond. Beautiful! Quite a lot packed into a short post!

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy many birds are busy breeding then moulting so aren’t seen much for a few months. I wonder how much climate change has, and will, affected trees. Thanks. xx

  16. Katherine says:

    What a beautiful tree – gorgeous photos!

    Cool to see the Tree Year continuing!

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