As the year turns and the sun starts to head back from the south I count myself blessed that I followed such a wonderful tree in 2015. My empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) has had something new to show every month and even now she is not exactly the same as she was when I first met her in Cardiff’s Bute Park, this time last year.
We have had one of the wettest Decembers in a century and the empress has been soaked through.
Here are some of my empress highlights from 2015…
There was no clear-cut fall in 2015 and I can’t claim that the empress showed any decent autumn colour. The Paulownia leaves are so big that once they grew tired and messy they just fell off with very little grace.
I was lucky with the empress (see all the posts here), just as I was lucky in the previous year with a hornbeam (see all the posts here). Something was going on all year round – an advantage with trees that flower early in spring, grow their leaves in summer and set fruit in autumn.
Now I must find a new tree for 2016 – I have a few ideas but I am not certain yet which will be suitable for the “long haul”. Watch this space!
If you don’t know what tree following is, read all about it here. And if you are already a tree follower, look out for your link-box on my blog on January 7. Remember you can choose a tree to follow at any time of the year and visit it as little or often as you like.