I recently came across something new to be fascinated by – tree following! As explained on The Squirrelbasket website:
“Each year, we choose a tree and see what it does:
- when its leaves appear and when they fall
- which twigs grow and which fall off
- if it has seeds
- and if any germinate and grow into new trees
- what its bark looks like – when it’s wet and when it’s dry
- whether anything grows on it – like lichen and mos
- whether creatures sit on – insects, birds, butterflies
- what plants grow round it and what they do, too
And we invite others to join us – to choose a tree and to “follow” it. There will be a linky box on the 7th of every month where you will be able to leave links to your tree following posts. Each box will stay open for one week. That way we will be able to keep roughly in time with each other and compare the progress of “our” trees through the year.”
I have missed the 7th of this month, but will link to the proper website next month. But for a start here are a few pictures and a little background information about the trees I have chosen.
What particularly appeals to me is the watching. Most of what I do in my garden is watching. And waiting. And watching some more. And thereby I learn. A lot. I hope to learn a lot more about these trees and the places they are growing in.
Apple Trwyn Mochyn (Pig’s Snout in Welsh)
I planted this tree five years ago. She is on the right of the second picture down in the linked post – just a stick in the ground. She is being grown as a ‘tiny tree’ which I have written about here.
Silver birch in the woods
I was in the wood this week and as I was clearing brambles from around her trunk this tree seemed to stand out from the rest.
Unknown tree at old St Chad’s churchyard, Shrewsbury
Only a small part of the ancient church remains and it is surrounded by lovely trees which make this (in my opinion) one of the most lovely corners of a altogether very lovely town. I went to look for a tree in and this one that I haven’t identified yet chose me.