Tree following – May 2014

Following on from last month’s post the willow leaves have now fully grown and the branches are now mostly hidden.

As I’ve mentioned previously this tree is just outside the allotments on a grass area at the rear some council flats.  All this area is mowed fairly regularly so the branches are mostly kept trimmed to well above head height as can be seen in the left-hand picture below.

The willow outside the allotments   The willow inside the allotments

The picture on the right shows inside the allotment site where the grass isn’t cut so the branches grow to almost ground level. This area around, and under, the tree is covered with cow parsley and stinging nettles.

For this month’s posts by over forty other tree followers see Lucy’s post for links.

Happy tree following, and have a good week!

[Click on either picture to see a larger image]


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26 Responses to Tree following – May 2014

  1. Sara Davison says:

    Love the tree following idea!

  2. Chloris says:

    It’s a shame that it is cut one side and not the other. I like them left to grow long and they also look quite nice trimmed like giant umbrellas – but one or the other, not both on one tree.

  3. Joanne says:

    They look very majestic in full leaf, I like the side where the cow parsley is allowed to grow. Have a great week.

  4. Jo says:

    I think it looks so much nicer when allowed to grow. At least you get the nicer side to look at whilst busy on the plot.

  5. You can really see the changes from last month. I prefer the wild bit on the allotment site.

  6. elaine says:

    Your trees has really filled out now and looks magnificent with the cowparsley on the wilder side.

  7. I love the allotment side, the skirt of cow parsley sets the willow foliage off beautifully.

  8. nikkipolani says:

    I like seeing the tree from both sides of the fence. Looking lush this time of year. Hope you’ll have a good week, too, Flighty. Maybe some sunshine and gardening ahead.

  9. CJ says:

    Weeping willows were my favourite trees when I was little because of that secret den that they make. Wonderful.

  10. snowbird says:

    How interesting to see each side, the un-mown one looks pretty.A stunning

  11. wellywoman says:

    Love those images. It must be a great spot of wildlife on the allotment side, in amongst all that undergrowth. I do love willows. We used to live in a village on the Thames which had connections with the book Wind in the Willows and there were some beautiful specimens which dangled their branches down into the river. x

  12. Caro says:

    Thank goodness at least one side is left so that wild plants can grow to benefit bees and butterflies! I prefer trees to be carefully managed to maintain a natural look, as with the ‘inside’ half of your tree but I suppose the council has an obligation to keep the public area on the other side of the fence tidy.

  13. Such a different atmosphere – one side of the fence to another. Interesting to see that.

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