Tree following, March 2018

Liz  – Here’s the black walnut as seen on a recent dog walk here in Lexington, Kentucky. You can see the distinctive mistletoe, especially over on the left-hand side.  Other nearby trees include an American sweetgum tree ( Liquidambar styraciflua) and an Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus).  Below are black walnut shells  that the squirrels leave behind.

Dulcie is being her usual helpful self standing behind and beside two of this tree’s leaf stems, which are a foot long and litter everywhere.  Charley is in supervising mode, his paws are on more leaf stems and white pine needles.


Flighty –  I had a close look the three medlars  earlier in the week and there’s little sign of any new growth yet.  The picture below on the left shows the lower trunk of one with ivy starting to creep up it.  The other picture shows what a tangle the higher branches are in, having not not been pruned much over the years.


Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket,  for hosting Tree following.  If anyone wants to find out more, and perhaps follow a tree, please click on the link shown over on the right-hand sidebar.

Have a good weekend!


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18 Responses to Tree following, March 2018

  1. Jo says:

    I’m glad to see that Dulcie and Charley are being helpful. It doesn’t look like either of your trees are showing much sign of life yet and I don’t blame them one bit, we’re blanketed in snow again here today.

    • Liz says:

      Jo, the black walnuts are late to leaf out, so there will be a wait to see that. My dogs enjoy their Thursday walks on that trail! We had a little snow the other day and it’s really cold today. Liz

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I wasn’t surprised To see that there was no sign of life yet on the medlars. Thankfully no more snow here but there’s been some rain.

  2. I ve only just realised that there are two types of ivy in Europe- Irish and English. Spent the afternoon with three different specimens from my garden and I still can’t tell one from another!

  3. Cute helpers!
    I remember black walnuts from my childhood. Have not seen any in years
    Medlars are just waiting for the weather to warm up a bit. Smart trees!

  4. Liz says:

    Mike, that is a a maze of medlar branches. I have ivy starting to creep up one of my trees and I need to get rid of that. Ivy has infiltrated my vinca ground cover. A nuisance but pretty.

  5. Liz says:

    Lea I’m fortunate to have ‘helpers’! Black walnuts are having a minor resurgence. Did you ever try to crack them open? Liz.

  6. Lovely images – I’m sure these will be fascinating trees as the days grow longer.
    Thanks for joining us.
    All the best to you both 🙂

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  8. nikkipolani says:

    That was amazing to see the way squirrels can get into such hard walnut shells.

    • Liz says:

      Nikki, those little devils are amazing. Of all the tricks up their sleeves, cracking a black walnut shell is a real feat. People in these parts drive their trucks over black walnuts strewn on driveways to try and access the meats! Liz

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