Tree following, July 2021


Liz –  The Seven-son tree in my garden here in Lexington, Kentucky is now beginning to form flower buds at the ends of the limbs as shown in this photo, and they’ll bloom next month.

The other picture shows the now elongated leaves.

An interesting webpage about this tree is the Chicago Botanic Garden one.


Mike –  Walking through the park where the hornbeam is I was pleased to see that although the council had recently mowed most of the open grass areas they had left an area around the base of each tree unmown.

Close-up I was surprised to see some of the recently pristine leaves were already going brown and crisping around the edges, as seen in the photo below.  At this time of year I presume that’s due to either a lack of water or wind burn, or a combination of both.


Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting tree following, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and perhaps join in, have a look at this tree following post.


Take care, and have a good weekend!

Author: Flighty

...allotmenteer, armchair gardener, blogger and sofa flying book buff.

25 thoughts on “Tree following, July 2021”

  1. Changes are afoot with the seven-son tree, I look forward to seeing the flowers. The hornbeam is looking fabulous now, it’s such a beautiful shape when fully clothed in leaves.


  2. I love that hornbeam tree and hope that the browning of the leaves is not serious! The seven son tree is looking good . Thank you both for posting, am enjoying “tree following”.


    1. Andy, glad to hear you’re enjoying tree-following. For all of us, it’s Pat who hosts the meme and for me, it’s Mike, who offered to post my tree because I don’t have my own website. Liz


    2. Andy, so glad you are enjoying “tree following”. It is interesting to watch the trees as they change throughout the year.


  3. Mike, your hornbeam looks spectacular. I’ve noticed a few trees in these parts that are showing signs of strain in their leaves. But, from afar, all is good.


    1. Liz when I walk through the park and look round it’s the tree that really stands out and catches the eye thanks to it’s distinctive shape. I guess that climate change and extreme weather are the main cause. Same here. xx


    1. Nikki, yes indeed. Anticipation!
      (Hope you are not suffering too much in that record drought/heatwave out west, 134F in Las Vegas three days ago???) Liz


  4. Be interesting to see the flowers on the Seven-son, I do love that name!
    That hornbeam is magnificent what a shame about the burnt leaves so early in the season. xxx


    1. Snowbird, the “seven son” name apparently comes from the seven petals that form on the flower. Why anyone would decide upon a name for that reason, I have no idea! Liz


  5. I enjoyed the webpage about the Seven-son Tree. It sounds like it’s a relatively new garden species … How did you (Liz) find it?
    And once again the hornbeam is spectacular! We don’t see trees like that here, with such a large full canopy. It looks like it could be to much for that “little” trunk, or so it appears.


    1. Hollis, I had a local landscaper look at my garden back in the 1990s. It was he who recommended the seven son tree and told me I’d be the first person in Lexington, Kentucky to own one! Liz


  6. The Seven-son is looking interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing what the flowers look like.
    To grow so large, that hornbeam must have its root firmly dug in, don’t you think? So I am assuming a bit of fraying round the edges is neither here nor there. It’s a handsome tree.


    1. Jay, I find the seven-son interesting too. It has noteworthy features year-round, but especially in August, September, and October. Liz


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