Both Liz and myself are tree following again this year and look forward to doing regular monthly posts, between the 7th and 14th, on the progress of our trees. Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for continuing to host it, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and perhaps join in, please have a look at this Tree following post.
Liz – This year I’ve chosen the Seven-son flower tree (Heptacodium miconioides) I have in my back garden here in Lexington, Kentucky. A native of China, this small tree is now over twenty feet high and provides all-season interest. When I bought it back in 1996 the nurseryman told me that I’d be one of the very few people here to have one of these trees.
These two pictures were taken on Wednesday, 30th December and show the whole tree and the attractive bark which is peeling off last season’s branches revealing the lighter coloured wood underneath.
Mike – On my walks through the nearby Newton West Park I always stop and admire this wonderful looking fan-shaped Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) which I’m going to follow this year.
This picture was taken on Christmas Day, 25th December. I know little about these trees, and found this Woodland Trust webpage really informative and interesting.
Take care, and have a good weekend!