Sunday, 10 January 2016
Tree Following January 2016 - Sorbus Autumn Spire
We've come full circle following my rowan tree, Sorbus Autumn Spire. I took part in this meme for the first time in 2015. I chose to follow a recently planted specimen. My intentions had been to watch it settle in, hopefully thrive and learn about it's habit.
Looking almost identical to how it looked in my first post at this time last year, the only difference being the 6 to 8 inches of height it has put on in it's first year in my garden.
It hadn't dawned on me at the outset that choosing a deciduous tree would mean that there would be little to observe in winter. There is only so much one can say about bare stems.
In January, I adorned my wee tree with a small coconut bird feeder. It is still there and is regularly used by the small birds that visit my garden. It was just light enough not to cause damage to the young stems.
Along came February and some snowdrops and aconites moved in. I am hoping they spread and make a nice spring display in future years.
Sap rose and those tight red buds fattened through March. The birds continued to make use of the feeder. This solitary green finch was a regular last year.
Come April there was signs of life. Those red buds began slowly revealing fresh new foliage.
The trunk and stems remained a shade of bronze throughout winter but by the end of April they took on a more olive green appearance. Those white bumps add interest. I have since found out that these markings are called lenticels. They are the tree's pores. Every day is a school day!
It continued to flourish throughout May, inflorescence appear although not in abundance. It is only a young tree after all.
Those buds begin to open in June.
The perennials in this border are now filling out as July comes around.
Berries (Pomes) are now ripening too.
The border fills out completely in summer.
As summer runs it's course, berries ripen.
Autumn begins to creep in.
The gradual changes through October
You can see now why this gorgeous wee tree was given the name Autumn Spire. It does not lack autumn colour that's for sure.
Leaves and Berries soon disappeared through November and along came the December rains.
Moving on to 2016 and I haven't quite made up my mind just which tree I want to follow. I want to encourage myself to get out and about a bit more but also want too choose wisely. I want to choose a tree that is easily accessible - not too far away just in case I am pushed for time. Decisions, decisions, decisions! The weather is not conducive to me getting off my butt and getting out there. I've a few weeks left to make up my mind. When my choice is made I, like many others, will be linking up with The Squirrelbasket on the 7th of each month.