Documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say!

Friday, 7 March 2014

READY, STEADY - AND WE'RE OFF!

Tree Followers! The link box for your tree following posts is on Loose and Leafy!

I'm Following a Tree
From now on
There will be a link box on Loose and Leafy
on 7th of the month for 7 days
Every month!
And I'll try to schedule it for 7am each time.

If you are new to Link boxes:
it's best that you put the URL to a post about your tree rather than to the blog as a whole. Most people will find it by clicking on the title of their post and the correct URL will replace the blog's URL in the address bar at the top of your screen.

Three geographical notes.

Diana at Elephant's Eye has suggested we include countries in the Tree Followers list. Good idea. I'll do that.

Once that's done, you'll notice a very heavy bias to the northern hemisphere, especially to the UK and the USA. Do you know bloggers with differently arranged seasons, hotter or colder climates who would be interested in tree following? Do drop them a note and suggest it.

UK Followers - You might also like to take part in the Woodland Trust's Track a Tree project. This involves keeping and submitting records of a tree over several years to see if climate change is affecting when spring springs and autumn falls. (Tracking like this is called Phenology'.) It's more formal than Tree Following but could be done along side it.

If you could check you are in the list of Tree Followers on the Tree Following page, that would be good. If I've missed you, your tree or your blog . . . or if you haven't yet let me know you are taking part . . .
email me at looseandleafy@googlemail.com



If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #treefollowing

Looking forward to reading your posts! Best wishes and good blogging/tweeting/Youtubeing and any other ways you can think of for Tree Following.






(If you aren't able to leave a comment, don't let that stop you putting your URL in the box. The request for comments comes with the gadget. Although comments are always a pleasure to read, they certainly aren't compulsory!)

THE LINK BOX IS FOR MARCH IS NOW CLOSED. BUT THE LINKS HAVEN'T VANISHED. TO FIND LINKS TO ALL 56 POSTS, CLICK HERE.


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39 comments:

squirrelbasket said...

Not sure if I've done the linky thing right, but I'm ready to roll with my beech tree here in Wales. Good luck everyone :)

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

Hi Pat. Yes. The link is working and will take readers straight to your tree following post. We're up and running!

The Orchard Year said...

Will take a look at the Woodland's Trust Track a Tree

Caroline Gill said...

Lucy, this seems (?) to have worked, but not sure how/if the Mr Linky box connected to my earlier Mr L. registration - or if it matters!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

I've added my March post and included my country name after my name. I'm looking forward to visiting the other participants and reading about their trees. Thanks for hosting this Lucy, great idea.

The link on my name in this comment doesn't go directly to my site as you don't have that option showing on Blogger. Blogger tends to think those of us with independent sites are spammers and links us with the anonymous section so many bloggers don't show that option. Mine is a back door link so you have to take an extra click to get to my site. Mr. Linky leads directly there.

VP said...

Phew - managed to get there eventually! Thanks for setting this up, Lucy :)

We're about to go away for a few days, so I'll catch up with everyone's posts when I get back.

Sophiawriting said...

Hello Lucy, hopefully I've pressed the right buttons so my fist post reaches you safely!

alderandash said...

Hello! I've linked to my first post about my little Common Alder sapling. Thanks for hosting this, I'm looking forward to reading and learning more about other trees. Thanks for the info on Track a Tree as well - looks good. Lucy (should I be Lucy 2 to avoid confusion, or maybe Lucy Alder!!)

Emma B said...

I'm unsure I'm doing it right or done it right! 😥

PlantPostings said...

Thanks, again, for hosting this wonderful meme. I have a few blogger friends in Australia and S. Africa, so I'll try to remember to urge them to join in. I do think it's fascinating to compare notes with gardeners/tree lovers around the world!

Dartford Warbler said...

I have just written my first tree post.
Mine is the garden crab apple tree that I see outside my window every day.

It`s a good time to start this, when we are waiting for spring in England.

Thank you Lucy. I hope the link works!

Solarbeez said...

My tree needs an ID. My wife and I walk past it on our morning walks. Since we live in the Pacific Northwest (on the Oregon Coast) our trees are mostly conifers. We like the broad leaf trees for the leaves.
Through the years, I've been able to build up a rapport with the owners so they will either rake and bag the leaves or allow me to. This tree is one of the few broadleaf trees in my little town and I'd like to know what kind it is.

Joanne said...

Hi Lucy, I've linked up my post, thanks for letting me join up.

Laura Bloomsbury said...

thank you for being the hostess of tree followers again this year - the 7/7 linky is memorable too and acts as a timely prompt

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Lucy and All. I will be a new blog to you all. This will be my first time but I am very excited about joining you all and following everyone's Tree Post. I am a passionate gardener and I will post my tree soon. Hugs to everyone. Judy

ontheedgegardening said...

I remembered! Well done Lucy for organising this again, such a fun and interesting thing to do. Hope I have done the link thingy right!

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

Hurrah, we're off! Such a great idea Lucy, thanks for putting this together. And thank you for making it easy to remember, all the 7s.

elaine said...

First tree post delivered in time - looking forward to checking out everyone else's tree (as soon as I have done all the holiday washing) haha.

Hollis said...

Here's the comment to go with my Linky contribution -- news of my cottonwood tree. I followed Lucy's idea of making a video.

Jenny said...

This is amazing! What a wonderful way of sharing thoughts about trees. I didn't add a specific post and I do apologize; I was so excited to join in that I threw in my blog and then read the directions more thoroughly. But, ack, great to be around so many fellow tree lovers.

flightplot said...

Whoops sorry I've added two posts! Flighty xx

winkos said...

Will be picking my tree on Wednesday and post on my blog them.
Sounds like fun :)

allotmentinmygarden said...

I'm in, am going to track our little pear tree
that we have just planted. What a great idea!
Cathy

Green Lizard said...

Added the link. But I will be editing the post. I joined up on a too busy day so will definitely add more actual tree related info as soon as I can.

theblooominggarden.wordpress.com said...

I think this meme is a really great idea, thank you very much for hosting it. I am looking forward to watching my tree round the year and to reading about other bloggers' trees.

Diana Studer said...

wonderful to see such enthusiastic support!

Anna said...

My tree post is up now Lucy and I'm looking forward to getting to know my tree better this year. Will be back later today to visit other trees. This is is going to be fun :) Thanks for hosting.

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

Done, linked, I hope. I did have a good time doing mine and am off to have a look at others' trees...

lafosse said...

Well, here goes! My first official Tree Following post for 2014. Lucy, I think this is such a great idea and I've found some really interesting blogs by working down your list. I must go and thank Pencil & Leaf for publicising your project in the first place. :-)

Green Lizard said...

I've had time today to add a second post on the tree.

Unknown said...

I'm not a naturalist and my blog is not a nature or gardening blog, but I've very kindly been allowed to join this list. I'm keen to keep a record of the two beautiful trees that I can see out of my window as I work.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'll be following a European larch in Colinton Dell by the Water of leith in Edinburgh. I'll also be following the family of long tailed tits that are nesting there (saw them building the nest this morning, adorable!)

sharp green pencil said...

Lucy: Great to see so many people tree following. Looking forward to reading them all. Am keeping a separate blog for this and will add other people's links on that too. My horse chestnuts hereare busy with buds just about to spring into leaf.

winkos said...

A buk (beech) from Poland on the list; if I pressed all the right buttons that is :)

Jane Scunthorpe said...

A fig tree in Lincolnshire, UK is my contribution! So interesting to see which tree others have chosen, and also how they have approached the meme. Thanks for hosting Lucy!

Susan said...

Hello Lucy, I've posted on my site. I will be following my Cox's Orange Pippin apple tree. I'm in Canada and they are difficult to grow here. I was thrilled to find one on my new property. I have a follower in Australia so I will give her a nudge. I read Jane and Elaine's blogs, this will be a fun way to connect.Sue

Pat Webster said...

I've just posted about Red Majestic, a contorted hazel tree that currently is barely visible underneath the snow. Hope I've made the link work and that others can read about my tree -- such a great way to link people with common interests. Thanks, Lucy!

ontheedgegardening said...

I hope you don't mind Lucy but I have done another Tree Following post, I just couldn't resist it!

Nicky H said...

I've posted my link to a patio Cox's Orange Pippin tree.