Just a quick last-minute update on my Common Alder (Alnus Glutinosa), just before the link at Loose and Leafy – the kind host of the Tree Following project – closes for the month. There hasn’t been a huge amount of change, but the leaves are just about fully out, I would say, and looking very green and glossy.
There’s several inches of new growth at the top of the sapling, with reddish-coloured bark – so the little tree we planted as a 70cm high whip two years ago is now taller than me.
I saw no signs of any creatures living on the tree, and only a couple of places where something had taken a nibble out of a leaf. A couple of bees were buzzing in the ground-ivy flowers that are still growing thickly around the base of the tree. And these wild creatures came to join me while I was taking photos…
If you’re following a tree too, I hope they’re all doing well. I’m looking forward to catching up with at least some of them, to see what’s happened since April.