Tree following, October 2018

Liz’s black walnut –

A couple of weeks ago here in Lexington, Kentucky I noticed that there were just remnants of the caterpillar tent that I mentioned and showed last month, seen here towards the top left of the picture, and they appear to have been eating the leaves.



The walnut pods are now starting to ripen then drop, and the leaves are turning yellow. Both are a sure sign that fall (autumn) is now well under way.




Mike’s medlars –

As you can see there are lots of fruit on these trees and the leaves are still mostly green.

There are a few yellow leaves, mostly hidden away, but I guess that’s due to a continuing lack of water.  Some of the fruit are  becoming lighter and beginning to soften slightly following which they’ll presumably start to drop.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  If you want to see what it’s all about, and maybe even follow a tree,  click on the link over to the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!


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23 Responses to Tree following, October 2018

  1. Liz says:

    Thanks, Mike, for posting my (I feel it’s mine!) black walnut in early fall.
    Your medlar is loaded with that unusual fruit. Do birds eat the fruit?

  2. Jade says:

    Looks like both trees’ fruiting cycles are coming to an end soon. Thanks for the updates!
    Thanks and same to you both!

  3. snowbird says:

    Those walnut pods are interesting. Struth, medlars are strange looking fruit!xxx

  4. Jo says:

    It looks like both trees are fruiting well. I’ve never tried a medlar and I must admit that I don’t fancy giving them a go. If I remember rightly they have to start rotting before they’re ripe. They’re not the prettiest things either, are they?

    • Flighty says:

      Jo it sure does. Nor have I and I don’t either. That’s right they do. No they’re not. xx

    • Liz says:

      Jo, it’s been a good year for all nuts (including black walnuts) here in Kentucky. We’ve had much more rain than usual don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but my water bill is lower! That, is a good thing. Liz

  5. It’s fascinating to see both trees in fruit at the same time. I suppose the fruits are also similar in size, but how different in structure!
    I hadn’t realised walnuts came with a green husk (until I looked it up on Wikipedia) – those will be interesting to watch.
    All the best to you both 🙂

  6. nikkipolani says:

    Who knew walnuts looked that that! And those medlars…. I hear they are tasty, but take some doing.

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  8. Interesting trees – both of them!
    I don’t know anything about Medlars, but I remember Black Walnuts from when I was a child. We gathered them, and let them lay in the sun until the green outer husks turned black. Then wearing gloves because the husks would stain everything black, we pulled off the outer husks to get to the nuts, and cracked the nuts with a hammer. Quite a bit of work, but the nuts were delicious!
    Happy Tree Following!

  9. Liz says:

    Goodness, Lea. You were able to crack black walnuts with a hammer? That’s quite a task. I’ve never been successful in that and have to buy the nut meats at the grocery. They are good.
    The black stain is awful, isn’t it? Liz

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