Tree following, September 2021

Brief reports on both trees this month.

Liz – In my garden here in Lexington, Kentucky the Seven Son tree is finally beginning to bloom with clusters of flowers at the ends of the branches, which are attracting lots of bees.

Mike – It’s apparent even from a distance that the leaves on the Hornbeam in the local park are starting to go yellow.  Close up that’s confirmed, and I’d guess that’s more due to a lack of water rather than the time of year.

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, please 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.

20 thoughts on “Tree following, September 2021”

  1. Mike, there’s definitely a feel of autumn in the air here which I suppose means the trees feel it’s their time to slow down. Have you had significantly less rain than usual this year which may have affected the hornbeam?
    Thanks for featuring my seven son which is at last coming into its own!


    1. Liz it’s the same here, and I would agree. I’m not sure, but it was certainly a dry summer which caused some trees to start dropping leaves.
      You’re most welcome, it’s a really interesting tree. xx


  2. Such an elegant tree, the Seven-son. Is the fragrance of the flowers very strong? or can only the bees smell them!
    The hornbeam is still looking good even if it is a bit yellow round the edges.


    1. Jay, the seven-son flowers are described as fragrant, but my sense of smell is not one of my strong suits! The bees love it though. I wonder what sort of nectar it produces for honey? Liz


    1. Andrew, the white flowers are just the beginning. When the petals fall, there is a real treat. I hope my advance advertising lives up to expectations! Liz


  3. Hello Liz and Mike … nice to see your trees. The hornbeam remains magnificent with that beautiful canopy, even if yellowing. The Seven Sons tree with flowers and bees seems so summery … I wish it were still so here!!


    1. Hollis, am I correct that you are in Wyoming? The weather in the US has been so extreme this year. Now (September 23), we (in Kentucky) have had several days of heavy rain and I think the seven-son tree will show its real colors in October — we’ll see! Liz


  4. Great postings as usual. The weather seems to be all or nothing in the UK this year – very dry then very wet (by the time I write this in early October). No wonder the tree leaves are shrivelling.
    Those seven son flowers are lovely – I see it’s a member of the honeysuckle family so no wonder the bees like it.
    All the best to both of you 🙂


    1. Hi Pat,
      Yes, the seven son is related to honeysuckle. I’ve had butterflies and moths on the flowers in previous years but there just don’t seem to be as many around this year. Thanks, Pat, for hosting. Liz


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