|It's a good time of year to see the shape of trees.|
With Natalie deciding not to continue with Tree Year, I'd like to find another way of following the trees followed by people who are following trees. (If you see what I mean!)
|Yew bark, which can be vividly red when wet, turns pale in frost and ice.|
I was already following trees before I came across Tree Year - I expect that's true of others too - though I hadn't been doing so in specific blocks of time - just trundling along with posts which said 'This is what's happening to that tree,' whenever it struck me to do so.
|Felled and fallen trees can be very, very interesting.|
Last week, I said I'd be following an elderberry tree for a while. Laura at Patio Patch is following a Wych Hazel. Elizabeth at Welsh Hills Again is following a Horse Chestnut.
|It's good to see who lives on a tree!|
If they (you) or anyone wants attention drawn to their 'special tree' posts on Loose and Leafy, let me know and I'll put a link at the foot of my next post - whatever it's about. No special day. No set time - just let me know if you post (either by leaving a comment or by emailing me at email@example.com). If enough people are following trees, I'll add a tab with a list at the top of the blog.
|This Hart's Tongue Fern is growing on a fallen|
Yew. See the Ladybird hiding between its icy leaves?
It doesn't have to be a living tree. Lots happens on dead trees too. And it makes sense too to follow a particular path through trees. To be terribly lax about language - anything goes! (Almost!)
Esther Montgomery's letting me use one of her little drawings as a sort of motif for this. (You'll see it at the foot of this post.) If you want to use it too - you are welcome to do so.
|And fungi on another fallen tree.|
There's so much to see on and near trees, even when the weather is frosty and cold.
There are things to notice, even on trees which may have no leaves in spring.
|This is where the tree with exposed roots (above) is supported by a tree on the other side of the path.|
Do let me know about your trees!
Meanwhile, here's an elderberry shoot on 'my' tree. I'm rather pleased the tree I've chosen has lots of lichen. We'll be able to keep an eye on that too.
|I'm a tree follower - what about you?|
BLOGS FOLLOWING TREES
This list is already out of date - more blogs are added each time I post.
Soon, I'll put a complete list under a tab at the top of the blog.
(Let me know if you would like your blog added to the list - either by leaving a note in comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you post an update on ‘your tree’.)
The Blackberry Garden
Tree Care Tips
On the Edge Gardening
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