Tree following, December 2021

Liz –  As we head into winter here in Lexington, Kentucky the Seven son tree in my garden has now shed almost all the leaves and will remain dormant until the spring.   The dog in the second picture is Lily, my daughter’s Catahoula Leopard hound.



Mike –   A couple of weeks ago the Hornbeam in the local park looked like this but after some very windy weather earlier this week it’s now bare of leaves.

This distinctive looking tree has been one of my favourites of all I’ve followed.


Our thanks to everyone who has stopped by to look at and read these posts, and especially to those of you who have also commented.

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.

We’re  glad to see that Pat has indicated that she’s continuing next year so both Liz and myself will be tree following in 2022.  Liz will  be following a Golden Spirit Smoke tree in her garden, and my choice will probably  be a Sweet Chestnut, one of a group of four,  in the local park.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

Author: Flighty

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

20 thoughts on “Tree following, December 2021”

  1. Catahoula leopard hound, never heard of one of those! Look forward to following your smoke bush next year Liz. I will enjoy comparing it to mine, though mine is not a Golden Spirit. I must confess l prefer the leaves to the “smoke” though. Mike l have loved following the progress of you Hornbeam, wasn’t really familiar with it before.
    Thank you Pat for continuing to host. Andy


    1. Andy, the Catahoula leopard hound is the state dog of Louisiana, so Lily is a Cajun! I was unfamiliar with the breed before my daughter adopted her from the humane society earlier this year. Sweet natured, but big, and a hollow stomach! I too will look forward to paying more attention to my smoke tree next year and will look forward to the comparison to yours. Liz

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  2. We’ve come nearly full circle again now with the trees. I’ve never heard of a Catahoula Leopard Hound, what a lovely dog. I think the Hornbeam is a beautiful tree, especially at this time of year when it isn’t in full leaf so that you’re able to see it’s structure more clearly.


    1. Jo, as I told Andy, Lily is a lovely, big, sweet natured dog who gets on well with my two. Yes, full circle for the trees. Liz


  3. Mike, I agree with you about the hornbeam you followed this year. It is spectacular. Thanks for featuring Lily inspecting my seven son at year’s end.


    1. Snowbird, I can’t tell you how thrilled Lily is to be featured in “tree following”! “Majestic” is such a good description for Mike’s hornbeam. Liz


  4. I’m really looking forward to the Golden Spirit Smoke tree! I was going to grow one and loved its lime-yellow leaves.
    *Waves to Lily*
    That’s a great shot of the Hornbeam at the end of the year.


  5. Such changes! The Seven son tree looks so bare … almost dead (temporarily). I still am so impressed by the hornbeam’s canopy, even with many leaves gone.


    1. Hollis, indeed the seven son tree does look on its last legs and in fact, it did die about 15 years ago, but a couple of years later it sent out shoots from the base and here I have another tree. A rebirth! Liz


  6. Both trees have amazing shapes. I think that without the leaves the shape of the seven son tree in the photo look like a giant herb. Fascinating.

    I look forward to getting to know next year’s trees.


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