Tree following, August 2022

Liz – Here in Lexington, Kentucky in contrast to last month there was torrential rain for much of last week, and flooding in the south-east of the state.

These pictures of the Golden Spirit smoke tree in my front garden were taken a week ago when I noticed the rain clouds, unusual skies and sun intermingling.



Mike – Here in Harrow, London it was the driest July on record and there still hasn’t been any rain so it’s not surprising that trees are under stress, including the sweet chestnut in the local park that I’m following.

You can see the golden-yellow tinge on the leaves where they’re starting to die back, with some already gone crisp and brown then dropped.  Note also the colour of the grass below and around the tree.


As you can see the chestnuts in the spikey green casings are forming and I’m wondering what will happen to these if the dry conditions continue.

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.

Have a good weekend, and take care!

Author: Flighty

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

18 thoughts on “Tree following, August 2022”

  1. It’s interesting to note the difference in weather and how each tree responds. Another hot day here in Yorkshire and no sign of rain.


  2. Mike, thank you for posting my smoke tree. It was the strange evening light that pulled me outdoors . After six weeks of drought and high temps here in June and July, we’ve been inundated with rain. I wish I could send our usual English -like weather forecast for this weekend in Kentucky your way to share. Poor trees, poor everything and everyone under stress.


  3. Poor southeast KY! Praying for some drier conditions for that area. Your smoke tree leaves are enchanting in that light. I like the rounded shape of them.

    And in contrast, the dry-dry-dry conditions in Flighty’s neck o’ the woods 😦


  4. Liz, good to hear you weren’t flooded, such horrible stories about southeast Kentucky in the national news! Mike, I see your tree is stressed, but still such an impressive canopy!


  5. Mike, your tree is definitely suffering, isn’t it? I would expect the nuts to be smaller, unless there’s a good drop of rain for them soon.


  6. What a contrast in the two locations! Although by the time I write this I would hope there has been rain on the chestnut tree.
    I love the colours and quality of the light in the pictures from both of you.
    Thanks again for taking part 🙂


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