Ssshh . . . I think summer's here; at least it seems so in Dorset.
Elderberry Trees are coming into flower.
Trees with keys (Sycamores and Maples) already have their seeds.
And hawthorn its berries.
Just a bit more ripening . . . and, lo and behold, it'll be in autumn.
It's all happening.
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Sometimes, with some trees, it can seem that once their flowers have flowered and leaves fully unfurled, once the fruits are set and birds have left their nests . . . that all's organised, that nothing much more will happen until our trees change colour.
Which means . . . now is the really interesting time. The real time of observing. The new stuff. All the things we've not taken time to notice before.
On the whole, we notice spring. We watch out for blossom. We are pleased to see the landscape green. Then . . . ? We wander along in the sunshine and drink cold drinks and go on holiday and complain about the heat when it's hot and that it's raining when it's not . . . and . . . and . . . forget the trees? Go on, admit it. A tree in full leaf is a wind-waved blob.
Or is it? Now is the time to find out. We know about spring. We know about autumn. What happens in between? We'll start to find out next month.
Meanwhile . . . here's the box for June! (Hopefully! It should pop up of its own accord at 7am UK time.)
|I'm Following a Tree|
To find out more
Oh - before the box . . . there are new entries on the Help With ID Page. There's advice about how to judge the age of an older tree (thanks to Pat at Squirrel Basket who found the link) a downloadable guide to identifying reptiles and amphibians, a bumblebee ID link and more recording projects to get involved with.
THE LINK BOX
Please remember to enter the URL for the post about the tree you are following rather than for the blog itself.
Also - because some Tree Followers are posting more than once a month, it might be an idea if you enter the link to your most recent post here and re-direct readers to your earlier posts from that. Having people stay on your blog a little longer and going from page to page within it may give less of a fragmented view than if they keep coming back here for the next installment.
Links to your Tree Following posts from March to May can be found on the Loose and Leafy Tree Following Page. Click HERE for links to the June 2014 tree following posts.