tree following April to May 2019

Apple Trwyn Mochyn, Borderland Garden, Wales

23 April 2019

This is a slow starter, which is perhaps a good thing in this somewhat unpredictable climate.  But by the end of April the flower buds are beginning to open.

And being visited by insect pollinators.

2 May 2019

A few days later at the start of May the leaves are appearing as well.

This is only the second year that this tree has bloomed and although there are only a few clusters of blossom I nevertheless counted 79 actual flowers.  It will be interesting to see how many apples make it to maturity.

Silver Birch, Woodland, Shropshire

Another slow starter – by mid April the silver birch was only sporting a few new leaves.

15 April 2019


But she is fully clothed in green this week and looks lovely!

7 May 2019

Tree in Old St Chads Churchyard, Shrewsbury

15 April 2019

This tree is another one of the year’s late risers, and like the apple and silver birch by mid April it is only just awakening.

Looking up through the branches you can see the young buds  swelling.

24 April 2019

But only eight days later after some warm weather it is turning a soft green all over.

And finally I am able to see enough to be able to identify this lovely tree – it is a whitebeam.

I did not know anything about whitebeams before but have discovered it is a British native tree, usually found wild in the south of the country, but also widely used as an ornamental across the country.  I have since noticed a whitebeam in full flower at the junction of Town Walls and Swan Hill in Shrewsbury and three more outside the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  As well as others in gardens round the town and out in the countryside near the wood. I am thrilled to make the acquaintance of such a beauty!


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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6 Responses to tree following April to May 2019

  1. skyeent says:

    We used to have whitebeam trees as pavement trees on our road in Solihull. The original one died and I hope the replacement one is still thriving. I planted sedum and daffodils around ‘my’ tree and the council workers kindly did not poison around it like they did the other trees every year.
    They also seem to be pretty tough. I have just a few whitebeam. But I may plant more as they are doing pretty well here on Skye.

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  3. A lovely selection – I so appreciate the fresh greens of spring, before summer fills the trees up with too many excited leaves and no dappled gaps to look through 🙂

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    hmmm . . . following trees? How elusive can they be?


  5. Erika says:

    Spring is a great time for tree following with all the changes that happen.


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