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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Tree Following With Lucy ~ January 2015

I've been wondering when the new tree following year starts so have been looking back at my blog posts. It turns out that it was in March 2014 so my willow still has another month in the spotlight. I must apologise for not posting in December. I'm not quite sure what happened then. At first glance it seems that the willow is just the same as when I last posted in November, apart from the fact that it is now definitely leafless. However when I looked closer at the trunk I noticed that the ivy growing up the bark is not just one variety but two. This shows just unobservant I've been over the last thirty years - hangs head in absolute shame! So a big thanks to you Lucy for opening my eyes to the smaller details. I also noticed when taking the photos yesterday that there are daffodils fully open on the other side of the stream. This gave me such a shock that I nearly fell into the stream. I've never noticed them open so early in the year, let alone before the clumps of snowdrops that grow alongside have opened. Visit Loose and Leafy to see what fine tree specimens from all over the world are up to this January.

11 comments:

  1. The different leaves could be mature and juvenile leaves of the same variety.

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    1. Oh thanks for your suggestion Christina. That's something I did not consider.... duh!.....
      The ivy/ivies are on different branches and as the foliage is different both in colour and shape I presumed that they were individuals.

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  2. Yes, I agree with Christina, Anna, as some of the maturer leaves can often be almost amorphous. And I am puzzled - if you say you must have been unobservant for the last thirty years, what happened in the previous ** years....? ;)

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    1. I've only been willow gazing for 30 years Cathy :)

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    1. Yes - it's unbelievable Cathy. I would much rather that they had waited a while longer. We're having a touch of real winter now so hopefully it will keep the rest of them in suspended animation for a while.

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  4. There's beauty in discovering details Anna :)

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  5. Daffoldils?! Crazy... No idea whether you have one ivy with two generations of leaf or two ivies. I am always astounded at how much variation there can be in ivy leaves, but equally, there are also many different ivies! How mysterious. And isn't that exactly why this tree following lark is such fun,.

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  6. There's ivy growing up my silver birch in the front garden but it's something I've never really taken much notice of either, perhaps I've got more than one variety there too. Daffodils already, that is early.

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  7. Others have made the suggestion which came into my head when I saw the ivy pictures too. Until I began following an elderberry tree with ivy on it a few years ago I hadn't realised ivy leaves come in two forms on the same plant either. Indeed I think I thought the larger ones were some kind of laurel. (Hmm!) I think (I think) you will also find that the ivy flowers (which don't look in the least like flowers and arrive in the autumn) will be on the sunniest side of the tree. (Perhaps these leaves are too?)

    (Now, after all that, maybe we'll find you really do have two varieties on your tree!)

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- Anna.