|The wider view|
My wee Rowan, Sorbus Autumn Spire, is surrounded by friends. This area of the garden is not short on foliage, that's for sure. I like all the textures and shades of green here at the moment, everything is looking extremely lush. The scent from Philadelphus Belle Etoile is just intoxicating. Good enough reason to hover up here as often as I can. This shrub usually blooms mid June so is a good 3 or 4 weeks late in comparison to previous years.
By my reckoning the Rowan has put on around 5 or 6 inches this year and remains as columnar as the label described. Which was the primary reason for choosing this particular tree. The top of the tree silhouetted by the darkening skies. I can hear thunder off in the distance.
Shiny green fruits have formed. These will ripen in the coming months to a deep yellow. Although we generally refer the to fruits from the Rowan tree as berries, they are in actual fact called Pomes. My wee tree my not be abundantly laden but I'm sure the birds will be appreciative of any that will be on offer later in the year.
Pests, I touched on the subject of pests that may attack my rowan in my previous post. I can see none of the pests I can expect to find. Namely Aphids, Blister Mite and Sawflies. However, I hadn't banked on finding this cheeky little chappy taking shelter for the day.
|Snail tucked up in Rowan Tree|
I suspect he enjoys a midnight feast on the Ligularia that grows near the base. Not that there's much evidence of damage. Perhaps he prefers to travel a bit further afield for his meals.
|Snail's eye view of the Ligularia|
I'm linking with Lucy over at Loose and Leafy for my Tree Following posts. You can join in at any time on or around the 7th of the month. Follow the link for more details. See you there!
As a brief update on the kind of weather we are experiencing this summer, the forecasters told to expected temperatures of 1 to 2°C during the night and indeed, the frost warning was on in the car when I finished work this morning. The thermometer in my car sunk to the lowest I can remember at this time of the year. 3°C at 4am this morning! Snow was expected on the hills during the night here in Scotland. What a summer, eh?