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!

Tree following, July 2022

A brief report, for various reasons, from both of us this month  on the trees we’re following as we head towards mid-summer.

 

Liz –  Here in Lexington, Kentucky it has been dry and hot which has put some trees under stress as rain is much needed.

Thankfully the Golden Spirit smoke tree in my front garden is still looking okay.

 

 

 

Mike –  The sweet chestnut I’m following in the local park here in Harrow is looking impressive despite there being no appreciable rain for weeks.

 

A combination of glossy dark green, saw-edged leaves and numerous long creamy-yellow catkins really make it stand out.

 

 

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!

Tree following, June 2022

Liz– Here in Lexington, Kentucky the golden spirit smoke tree in my front garden is beginning to look at it’s best now that it’s early summer.

 

The smoky blooms are evident and the golden spirit refers to the tree’s lime green leaves.

Mike – The sweet chestnut I’m following in the local park is on the right in this picture with another one to the left.

Behind them both is a different, much larger, tree on the other side of the path and they’re all much too close to one another.

 

Close up the glossy green leaves have grown noticeably longer since last month, the spikey saw edges are much more pronounced and the flower bud strings are now showing.

Last month I read that JayP, another tree follower, has also chosen a sweet chestnut to follow and it’ll be interesting to see how both trees progress through the rest of the 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.

Have a good weekend, and take care!

Tree following, May 2022

 

Liz – Just the one picture this month showing the Golden Spirit smoke tree  in my front garden here in Lexington, Kentucky.

As you can see new, fresh green, leaves have  appeared to give the tree some shape.

 

Mike –  At long last new leaves, which have a distinctive saw edge, are starting to show on the sweet chestnut in the local park.  They will grow longer and turn dark  green.

I’ve been told that this tree is at least forty years old, and was originally one of five planted in a row, although the middle one has long gone for reasons unknown.

 

 

It has had a number of branches sawn off making it lop-sided, although it’s not too apparent.

 

 

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

Have a good weekend, and take care!

 

Tree following, April 2022

Liz – From a distance there appears to be little change in the Golden Spirit smoke tree in my garden here in Lexington, Kentucky.

A closer look shows some grey dead tips along with brown tips which are new growth.

There is also a  new shoot ( below left) which is inward facing so will probably be pruned.

 

     

More worrying is this split (above right) in one of the limbs which can be seen through, and I wonder what will happen!

Mike – The sweet chestnut I’m following in the local park is likewise showing little sign of new growth from a distance but close-up there are brown tips on the branch ends.  Surprisingly given the really windy weather during the past month there are still a few old leaves and prickly fruit shells on the tree.

Like the nearby hornbeam I followed last year this tree also has lots of green-grey lichen spots on the truck and thicker branches.

It was good to see that the council had left the grass uncut under the tree, which was covered in yellow  Lesser Celendines and Dandelions.   I meant to take a picture but got distracted and forgot.

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 week!

Tree following, March 2022

Liz – Here in Lexington, Kentucky the weather has been unsettled with plenty of rain, some sunshine and up-and-down temperatures.

The Golden Spirit smoke tree in my front garden has moss around the base of the trunk but I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

 

 

Looking up there appear to be tentative signs of new buds appearing on some of the branch ends, which hopefully will be more apparent next month.

 

 

Mike – Looking closely at the sweet chestnut in the local park the trunk is marred by these two almost parallel, and quite deep, fissures.  I wonder what caused these and when.

There are still a few crinkly leaves on the grass, along with plenty of very prickly outer nut casings.

Looking up it looks like new growth is just starting to appear, and like Liz’s tree, should be more visible in a few weeks time.

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!

Tree following, February 2022

Liz…Here in Lexington, Kentucky there has been ice, snow and freezing rain during the past couple of weeks so, not surprisingly, there’s been no change to the Golden Spirit smoke tree in my front garden.

I find the gnarly truck, what there is of it, an interesting feature.

 

Mike…I’m surprised at how many leaves of the sweet chestnut in the local park are still intact on the grass below.  There are also a few lingering on the tree.  I picked one and bought it home to measure. It’s 6 in/15 cm long and 2 in/5 cm wide, and this picture shows the back.

 

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!

Tree following, January 2022

Liz – This year here in Lexington, Kentucky I’m going to follow the Golden Spirit smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria) which I’ve had about ten years, and is on the slope in my front garden near my neighbour’s driveway.

   

The picture on the left was taken on Sunday, 2nd and the snowy one the following weekend on Saturday , 8th showing the contrasting weather we’ve had here recently.

 

Mike –  I’ve decided to follow this sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) which is one of a group of four in the local park along the path from the hornbeam I followed last year.

 

 

As you can see there are still a few leaves on the tree, along with others that are still laying on the grass below.

Our thanks 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!

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!

Tree following, November, 2021

Liz – The pictures of the seven son tree in my garden, here in Lexington, Kentucky, were taken at the end of October.

As you can see the pink sepals were still hanging in there, and leaves just beginning to turn yellow and starting to fall.

There is some interesting colouration and marks on the trunk ,  and there are still remnants of the original tree that died out a decade ago to be succeeded  this present one that unexpectedly sprung to life during 2015.

   

Mike – At last the leaves on the hornbeam in the local park are now changing colour and starting to drop and will form a golden-yellow carpet on the grass.

 

 

 

   

I’m looking forward seeing the tree leafless so that I can see the branches in more detail and how they form the distinctive fan shape.

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!

 

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