Well, I managed to take the photos on the 7th, just didn’t quite manage to put the post together! I am joining in with Lucy’s Tree Following meme, attemtping to do at least one post a month on the hawthorn awkwardly crammed against the fence down the side of the house. I say awkwardly, but the hawthorn doesn’t seem to care, and is welcoming true Spring by unfurling bright green new leaves everywhere I look.
I love the brilliant colour of fresh leaves, and hawthorn leaves always seem to look particularly frothy, because of the crinkly edges – like green origami.
I particularly like the new leaves against the lichen.
The lower part of the trunk is putting out fresh growth too, something that I will have to trim off if I am still to be able to access the compost bins. You can see where I – and others – have had to trim these lower attempts at spreading out before, and isn’t the bark itself wonderful.
I’ve not yet spotted any insect life, but there are clear signs of spiders at least, with webs tangled in the fissures and nodules on the trunk.
It is virtually impossible to photograph the hawthorn without also capturing the ivy that clings to and clambers up it. I know a lot of people view ivy climbing up trees like this as something to worry about, to clean off. I might feel differently if this tree was in an ornamental border, but sat right on the boundary, right next to the wilder corner of the park next door, I am happy to allow it to do its thing. Even the RHS suggests that ivy is only a problem from an aesthetic point of view, unless growing on a rather delicate host that is losing too much light.
There is nothing fragile or delicate about this hawthorn of mine, so I will enjoy the sight of fresh growth on the ivy too, and admire the way the roots grip the bark.