Following a tree in May
On the last visit to following a tree I was promising apple blossom in the next post ........
It was however, not to be! I had to photograph our neighbours tree instead as there was not even one flower on our tree!
The blossom on the ground is from the neighbouring trees. The last 2 years we have had a huge crop of apples to the extent that we have still been eating them 5 months later. Our apple tree has usually had alternative years of a smaller crop but we have never before had none. Could this be because the mistletoe has started to grow? Only time will tell......
I did notice this snail on one of the branches. I didn't realise until afterwards it was so battered!
Snails can cause damage to young fruit trees, it is best to place a coarse substance (coarse coffee grinds, grit or crushed egg shells around the base to discourage them). Our garden provides such an abundance of food that they have taken over and go everywhere!
This magnificent tree below was one of my options for following a tree this year. I pass it on the way to work and I just had to capture, from afar, it's first fresh leaves.
The cow parsley is now in flower and lining the sides of the country road around here. I expect as usual in the next week or so, the council will be out cutting it all down before it has reached it's prime! I will be making the most of appreciating it while it is still there!
I am not going to predict anything for my apple tree next month! To see other tree followers visit Loose and leafy.