When we returned from holiday almost two weeks ago, I was concerned that I might have missed some signs of growth on our apple tree, that I am following for a year. I am doing this project with Lucy and many others over at Loose and Leafy.
As you can see we didn't miss to much - the buds were only starting to appear. I think this lovely grey lichen it is an oak moss lichen. Can anyone confirm that? Lichen on trees won't do any harm, but may indicate that the plant is lacking vigour.It's just as well that I am keeping a close eye on it this year then!
As I was looking for other buds to photograph I suddenly discovered that we have some mistletoe growing in two areas. I was so excited as I having tried to grow mistletoe on many occasions and this time it has worked, or maybe a visiting bird has helped me!
However, it will be a while before it reaches anything as big as this specimen (below) that we noticed in the orchards at Cotehele in my previous post! It takes about 5 years for the berries to appear and mistletoe does affect the tree by reducing it's productivity. I have previously taken the berries from the mistletoe we have at Christmas and rubbed them on the bark. It you are interested in trying , look at this Link from mistletoe org for advice from the experts. It seems that our mistletoe is at least two years old!
With some spring sunshine last week the leaves have now emerged, hopefully next time you visit I can show you some blossom! Are any of your fruit trees in blossom yet?
As the apple tree is only a few foot from our garden pond I thought I would share this picture of tadipoles with you too! We have had so many more this year reaching this stage.I 'm sure as they reach adulthood they will be jumping out of the undergrowth while I am gardening and make me jump too!
It is not too late to join the Tree following project (see link at the top of the page.) everyone is very welcome! Lucy would love to have some more tree followers from the Southern Hempishere to broaden the project.