It’s difficult to believe that it has already been a month since the last Tree Following. Even more hard to fathom, is that we’re into the sixth month of following our Avenue of Lime Trees. Without further ado:
Leaves and Flowers
I’ll start with a couple of comparisons between January and June (not from exactly the same standpoints, but it illustrates the point).
The leaves continue to fill out and expand…
… but the main event is the development of the flowers:
The pale green bracts, which accompany the flowers, are now clearly present. They remain attached to the fruit as it develops through the year; guiding the fruit away from the tree when it falls, in a similar manner to the ‘helicopter’ seeds of Sycamores. The flowers themselves, hanging beneath the bracts, aren’t quite open: that’ll probably be a matter for July’s Tree Following.
There’s been a bit of maintenance, in the loosest sense of the word, on the base of the trees. The lower growth has been lopped off:
And it looks like there’s been some weedkiller wafted around:
It would be remiss of me not to mention that I am not alone in my Tree Following: you can pop over to Squirrelbasket to find out more; to discover other similar posts; or how to join in.
Before I finish, it’s time to feature another face:
I think this month’s featured face has a disgruntled sort of look. Perhaps it’s unhappy about all the noise from the children’s playground. Maybe it doesn’t like having it’s photo taken. It might well be one of my favourites so far.
Thanks for reading, see you next time!