Saturday, 8 August 2015
Tree Following August 2015 - Sorbus Autumn Spire
Unlike the neighbouring Laburnum tree, my Rowan appears to be holding it's own against the strong winds. Obviously both trees have decidedly different growth habits and whilst the Laburnum is loosing new stems/branches at a worrying rate, the Rowan is showing no signs of wind damage what so ever. I point this out for comparison because both trees were purchased because of their said tolerance of the wind or for exposed coastal areas. It can get windy here, some mature trees nearby have a distinct wind swept look and grow at some odd angles.
Sorbus Autumn Spire has continued to put on a bit of height and pleasingly is filling out a bit too. I forget now which shrub this tree replaced and I worried if the surrounding plants may have detrimental effect on the tree's ability to settle in but it appears not to be the case.
This wider shot give a better idea on how dense the planting is round about. I much prefer dense planting like this. I hate the sight of bare soil and this is a fool proof way of keeping the majority of the weeds down.
I mentioned last month that there was very few berries on the tree. This month there are even less. Is the snail I found snuggled up in the centre of the tree the culprit I wonder! The birds continue to use the small feeder hanging on the tree. Mainly sparrows just now along with the odd blue tit or two.
I am on neighbour's tomato plant watering duty at the moment and I just happened to noticed that she has planted, what I think might be the dreaded snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), on the other side of the fence from the Rowan Tree. How have I missed this? It's quite sizable too, although at the rate it grows here it might only have been in the ground a month or so, for all I know. I know it is not my garden and what she plants should not be any of my concern but some of you may remember she has a penchant for plants that tend to sucker or invade or dare I say both! I will need to keep my eyes peeled for signs of it suckering under the fence. These plants are very invasive in the conditions here and if I dare take my eye off the ball for a moment it will over run this area in no time. They have a hedge of this stuff at the top end of their garden, she is always complaining about it. I must remember to point out to her that this is the same plant. I hope my power of persuasion works. Wish me luck in that department.
That about sums up this month's Tree Following post. A big thank you to Lucy for hosting, please pop over to Loose and Leafy to read more tree following posts. See you there, I've lots to catch up with.