Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn good sirs,
All on a midsummer’s morn.
Surely we sing of no little thing
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
Posts Tagged ‘Trees’
Trees are green, right? So I suppose it’s not surprising that people have taken notice when a tree is red. And many times on different continents they have likened it to fire. So here I am going to look at the various flame trees and burning bushes…
I’ll tell you what got me thinking about this – it was my Euonymus alatus – also (more…)
Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne in East Dorset, has a bit of an ancestral connection for me, although sadly not with the wealthy Bankes family, who owned the great house for more than 300 years.
My 3-great grandfather was a woodman here in the 19th century. For this reason I have put a gallery of Kingston Lacy pictures in my blog’s “ancestral places” section and this is just a short post to point to it.
Today Kingston Lacy is run by the National Trust.
Please click here to come with me on a walk through the gardens on a very hot and bright August day.
The other evening the spring sun was low in the sky and I couldn’t resist taking some back-lit pictures of new leaves on the street trees of the city.
I have already written about wonderful autumn leaves but they are also at their most glorious when they first open in spring.
It’s interesting seeing those flowers on the (more…)
We always have two or three grey squirrels living in the garden and we have come to accept them as a pain but with as much right to live as the birds.
But in the last month they have been behaving unusually, stripping the bark from the ash branches I can see from my window.
Are they sharpening their teeth, or just eating the bark and the pith below? This is the first year I haven’t put out whole peanuts for them, only kibbled peanuts for the birds, so are they lacking something in their diet or are their dental work-outs not rigorous enough?
After they have laid bare the white pith of the tree, bluetits are attracted to it. Is it because the moisture draws small insects?
All part of nature’s rich tapestry…
And here’s the answer to the mystery, from June via a comment:
Hello, your Squirrel is collecting nesting material as it’s coming into their breeding season soon, look out for several squirrels chasing 1 squirrel, the 1 at the front is the female.
The bluetit is attracted to the rising sap which will be oozing out of the damaged bark.
Squirrels bark-stripping trees can eventually kill off the tree if the damage is too great, you could try providing alternative material for your squirrel such as, straw, hay, dried leaves or even shredded paper.
I have already posted my pictures of the flowers in the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in winter. As I mentioned before, entry to the Garden of Wales is free in January 2011.
But on the same day I also took pictures of the cold outdoor gardens themselves and found there was still a lot of colour and texture to be seen…