tree following March 2019

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.

apple trwyn mochyn 3 March 2019

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!

fuzzy close up of bud on trwyn mochyn 3 March 2019

(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.

Is it a poplar tree? 4 March 2019

‘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.

twigs with slightly swollen leaf buds 4 March 2019

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.

base of tree 4 March 2019

trunk with patch of bark missing 4 March 2019

trunk with evidence of limbs removed in the past 4 March 2019

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!

woodland silver birch 11 March 2019

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.

base of silver birch 11 March 2019

Looking more closely at the tree’s trunk I saw that it has a yellow lichen growing on it.

lichen on silver birch trunk 11 March 2019

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.


About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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7 Responses to tree following March 2019

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  2. A fascinating selection – I look forward to a few more clues to your mystery tree. A sort of oak comes to mind but maybe not, as I can’t quite tell if those leaf buds are terminal…
    All the best 🙂

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  3. skyeent says:

    Focussing on twigs is always difficult. I sometimes put my hand near it and focus on that. Then with the shutter half pressed remove my hand and take the picture. Sometimes helps!

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  4. Erika says:

    There is always something very elegant and imaginative about seeing bare tree branches and twigs against the blue sky.

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    That does not look like any poplar that I know. The trunk and limbs look more like those of a zelkova, although the buds do not. Leaves would help. There are too many trees there that I am not familiar with for me to take a guess. It is normal for the bases of birch trunks to be buttressed. It is also normal for fallen trunks to rot within only a few years. After ten years, there might not be any evidence of even a big trunk.


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