|Narrow path between elder trees.|
To see what this was like in January click for
the first in this series of elder posts.
There are several of us bloggers who feel a bit disrupted when the council cuts verges along paths and roads. A few years ago, there was a specially deep and distressing hack-back, just when it was almost the moment to go blackberrying. It hasn't been too troubling since then. Vipers bugloss and chicory plants tend to be affected so the grassy edges of a route I often follow are less dramatic, less blue than they used to be - but the trees are kept trim without being splintered and torn; people can walk or cycle without being grabbed by brambles. It has to be done.
Until recently, the undergrowth (mainly consisting of alexanders and nettles) has been growing tall between me and my elder tree. (The 'my' meaning the one I've been following since leaves first showed their buds.) At times, it's been awkward. I've had to zoom in over the top to photograph 'my' particular leaf. And there have been irritations too - of all the leaves on the tree, 'mine' decided to be the smallest, the least grown, the runt for all that it started well.
|The leaf I've been following used to be in the crook of this lichen covered bough which|
is covered in a layer of Common Orange Lichen
And now? Between going on holiday and returning, the council has been by and shaved things back. Elderberries which were ripening when I went have been cut off or shaken from their stems. And, strangely, despite having grown in the protective crook of a bough, the leaf I was following has gone, along with its brothers and sisters.
Bits of wood are broken.
|Ivy leaf pierced by twig.|
But . . . and there are lots of good 'buts' . . . nearby, a bit of colour -
|Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) butterfly on blade of grass.|
a Gatekeeper Butterfly in the grass.
And blackberries too. Some have had their stems cut so the fruits have withered and dried but there are still masses ripening - not very ripe yet but there!
Attention will need to shift to them. They are looped over 'my' tree, even if 'my' tree is a little depleted!
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