Tree following link box for March 2016
March 7, 2016 by squirrelbasket
“Sticky buds” of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) start to open on the riverbank in Cardiff
It’s that time again – for tree followers to get together for a monthly exchange of news. The Mister Linky link box is open from the 7am on the 7th to the 14th of each month. The link box is now closed but see everyone’s links at the end of this post.
If you are new to tree following, you can find out all about it here.
Here in mild South Wales there are a few signs of spring, although they are patchy. The horse chestnut buds on the banks of the river Taff are starting to open but in more exposed areas of Cardiff they are still firmly shut.
I have also seen that other herald of spring – catkins.
Catkins of alder (Alnus glutinosa) on the riverbank last week
It is also magnolia time on our streets, while the cherry blossom is still a bit shy after a recent cold snap.
Pink magnolia coming into flower – probably Magnolia × soulangeana
White magnolia – possibly Magnolia stellata
Even if your tree is not in flower or leaf, it may have other attractions…
Decorative bark of a cherry tree (Prunus)
It may be snowing where you live – or mid summer if you are in the southern hemisphere. But whatever the weather, it’s time to visit “your” tree – or find one if you haven’t already.
The March tree-following link box is now closed, but here are all the wonderful contributions we received this month – including one or two new tree choices…
Squirrelbasket – pigeon tree (oak)
Alison – Blackberry Garden – Quince
Wild and Wonderful – Caroline – Silver Birch and Cherry sapling
My Gardener Says – Tina – American Sycamore
In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Hollis – An expedition in the snow to find where the Juneberries grow
‘t Groentje – Tineke – Willow
Flighty’s Plot – Liz – Serviceberry
In My Playroom – Eileen – Judas Tree – a new addition to our tree following
Island Threads – Frances – Downy Birch
Earthstar – Annie – Dawn Redwood
Erika Groth – Birch – and it’s still snowing in Sweden
Angie’s Garden Diaries – a new tree on the river bank – species as yet unidentified
Jean’s Garden – it’s Maple sugar season in Maine
Small, Sunny Garden – Amy – Grapefruit tree
Flighty’s Plot – young Oak tree
Plantaliscious – Janet has added a few more words and pictures to her previous ornamental Cherry tree posting
Thank you to everyone – see you all again on April 7!