This month has seen the biggest change in my copper beech tree:
Here are the buds on 19th April, just about to burst……
A chaffinch sings amongst the branches
Then five days later I noticed the first buds had burst.
What is more, I noticed for the first time that my beech tree has flowers! Well I knew that trees had flowers, of course, as The Traveller gets very sneezy when the tree pollen is around, but I had never actually noticed them on my tree before.
From then on I can’t tell you how many photographs I have taken. The late afternoon sun shines on the tree and creates the most amazing colours shining through the new leaves.
The new leaves are so soft and velvety with downy hair round the edges.
In the space of a fortnight the tree has become transformed:
Before I go though, I have a confession: I think I may have been blaming the wrong tree for the forest of saplings mentioned in my previous post.
I was convinced they were beech saplings as the garden was covered in beech nuts, but now the saplings have their proper leaves, I have to say that they don’t look much like beech leaves. Mind you they don’t really look like sycamore leaves either, which is the only other likely culprit.
I think I will have to grow one on a bit to see how it develops, but my money is now on the sycamore rather than the beech. The Traveller suggested they could be peanut trees, growing from the nuts that the squirrel has buried all over the garden! Does anyone have any better ideas?
Thanks to Lucy at LooseAndLeafy for hosting this great meme – there are lots of other ‘tree followers’ listed on her site.