I’m joining Lucy at LooseAndLeafy with her meme on Follow a Tree. When I decided to follow this meme it didn’t take me long to decide on my tree. We are fortunate enough to have the most wonderful mature copper beech tree at the bottom of our garden. It is the first thing I look at every morning when I open the bedroom curtains. I recently posted a view of this tree at sunrise in Wordless Wednesday
It is one of the largest trees in the neighbourhood and when in full leaf is magnificent.
The tree grows at the border of our garden, behind the garage, so strictly speaking we only own half of it. This could be useful if it ever needs any expensive tree surgery! This area is where we have previously thrown all our garden waste into one big heap. This has probably done the tree good by giving it lots of lovely food. However, as our supply of mushroom compost ended with the closure of the local mushroom farm I now find myself in more need of home produced compost for the rest of the garden. From now on the beech tree will just have to share!
Growing under the tree is a large yew bush, a wild holly and some weedy shrub that I keep because it is very good for flower arrangements. There used to be another beech growing fairly close to the left, but we had to make the decision to remove it for the sake of the copper beech. It was sad to see such a nice tree go, but I am sure it was the right decision. At one point the copper beech started looking a bit sickly ; the leaves were getting rather sparse. In fact a tree surgeon told us we should take out the right hand fork of the tree as it was going rotten inside. We chose to ignore this advise, given about 20 years ago now, deciding instead to see how the tree went on. Thankfully it recovered by itself and has been fine since.
At this time of the year the tree still has some nut shells hanging on its branches while at the same time its leaf buds are developing.
The beech nuts and cases still litter the garden – it is impossible to get them all up. I think our resident squirrel is too well fed pinching all the bird’s peanuts.
It will be a long time before the leaves come out – this is one of the last trees to leaf, but meanwhile we can just enjoy the silhouettes of the tree against the changing skies and watch the sunlight play on its trunk and branches.
I love this tree!
Thanks Lucy for hosting this meme – it is a great idea.