afal (apple) trywn mochyn 4.00 pm 3 March 2019 Welsh borders
I don’t think my little trwyn mochyn apple tree looks much different to last month, but you can see that the Welsh onions growing nearby are taller and greener than they were then.
I tried to get a close up of a bud starting to swell and showing some green but storm Freya was starting to blow up and the twig just refused to keep still!
(as yet) unknown tree 9.40 am 4 March 2019 Old St Chad’s Churchyard Shrewsbury
A bright, sunny, clear, breezy spring like morning. The remnants of storm Freya were littered beneath some of the other trees but not this one. Birds are singing and flying about but not near this tree – perhaps because I am here! There are signs of spring on the ground – red deadnettles, celandine, daffodils and the council’s spring bedding plants are in flower as are some early blossom trees.
I had hoped to identify this tree by now, but forgot to bring my tree books to Shrewsbury with me. I have looked at native trees on the Woodland Trust website and am wondering if it is a poplar tree. The twigs and bark look similar to their pictures of black poplar and I think the overall shape may be right, but I need to see the leaves to have more certainty.
‘My’ tree too is showing signs of waking up from her winter slumber. My camera is very basic and just about captured these twigs with their buds starting to swell and show some pale green and you can also see the light glinting on the buds in the background as well.
She is not a tall tree, fitting in beside the old church and the edge of the churchyard. Some branches have previously been pruned to keep her within the space, but I think perhaps she is older than I thought before.
silver birch tree 12.30 pm 11 March 2019 woodland in Shropshire
Yesterday was fresh and sunny with a bit of a bite in the wind, but being in the wood was lovely. The birds were calling and there are signs of spring with buds swelling on the trees I planted last year, brambles starting to sprout, wood sorrel popping up and the honeysuckle and wild rose sending out shoots.
The woodland silver birch is also waking up from its winter sleep. The buds near the ground were starting to swell a bit and were tinged with green, but my attempt at a close up was too fuzzy to use!
I noticed this time that the base of the tree is much wider than the main trunk and wonder if perhaps there was another trunk in the past. There are a lot of silver birch in this woodland, including some multi stemmed ones. Some of these have died and fallen to the ground where they can be seen gradually decaying. However there is no evidence of an old fallen trunk nearby.
Looking more closely at the tree’s trunk I saw that it has a yellow lichen growing on it.
I am finding it interesting to do this tree project. It is certainly making me look more closely and take notice in a different way. It will be interesting to see what I have learned by the end of the year.