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, 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!

 

Tree following, October 2021

Liz – There was a lot of heavy rain during September here in Lexington, Kentucky.

That bought down most of the white blossom on the Seven-son flower tree in my garden, which the bees had been enjoying.

 

However October is when this tree really shines as the gorgeous pink sepals then show, which is such a lovely sight.

Mike – There’s still little visible change to the Hornbeam in the local park apart from a few  leaves now completely yellow and the branches ever more spotted with patches of green lichen.  Walking under the tree canopy and round it shows just how short the main trunk is before it separates into numerous branches as they head upwards.

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, 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!

Tree following, August 2021

Liz – The Seven-son tree in my garden here in Lexington, Kentucky is about to burst into flower.

When it does it will take pride of place there through until September when even more surprises are in store.

 

Mike –  I was pleased to see that the leaves on the Hornbeam in my local park here in Harrow are looking better, and greener, than they did last month, when I guess that it was wind burn that caused the edges to crisp.

 

There is a lot of green lichen showing on the tree, which isn’t surprising given how much rain there has been lately.

 

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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