Documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say!

Monday, 28 May 2012

TREE IN A DRAIN

Pedestrianised shopping street.
March 1st 2012



Trees are generally unmissable . . . in the country they live in woods and forests and hedgerows. In towns they line streets or are neatly arranged in parks.

Paved, pedestrianised streets are not exactly leafy. Some have little squares cut in the ground with trees poking through. This street . . . spot the tree?

Chimneys cropped from the street picture showing there are twigs behind them.


We have to look up to see it. 


Trees underground are even less obvious. Finding them is, perhaps, a minority occupation.



But they are there.

Looking down onto a sycamore tree in a drain. April 16th 2012.
April 16th 2012
Here is a sycamore in a drain. (Not in the shopping street above but in a residential street in a nearby town.)

The same tree in the drain on May 2nd 2012.
May 2nd 2012

Perspective is difficult when peering with a camera into a drain. This tree begins about two feet underground and is not yet as close to the surface as it looks in the picture.

The same tree in the drain on May 2nd - from different angle.
May 2nd 2012

The same tree in the drain on May 22nd - from different angle.
May 22nd 2012
On its way up!

The same tree in the drain on May 22nd - from different angle.
May 22nd 2012

Larger leaves are maturing. Instead of rising above the dust of the street, dust from the street falls upon it.

The same tree in the drain on May 28th - from different angle.
May 28th 2012

Up and over!

The photograph above is from today (May 28th 2012). The tree has begun to emerge from the drain and its leaves are under attack. If it were in a busy main road they would probably be smashed on first appearance. Cars are not gentle. Even in a quiet street it's unlikely this tree will be allowed to grow too tall - which is why I am posting this now. Let's celebrate it while it's there!


The Latest Posts
from
Tree Followers
(Let me know if you have a new post to go in the List)

Patio Patch - Wych Elm: Worth the Wait in Gold
Experiments with Plants - London Plane  Tree
Gardening Ways - Plane Tree is Go!
Down by The Sea -  Visit to the Willow 5
On the Edge Gardening - Copper Beech and Lime Together

For a list of the Tree Followers
And - don't forget Treeblogging which aggregates posts about trees from a wide range of blogs.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

SHEER INDULGENCE - A PLANT I CAN'T RESIST MAKING MUCH OF

Dandelion goes to seed in the grass.

The grass is filling up with strange and beautiful structures.

Dandelion Clock with dandelion flower.
Dandelion Clock with dandelion flower.
Dandelions are racing from flower to clock. Or maybe it only seems so because I've been indoors while they've flowered - in the rain.

The transformation from flower to seed is a mind-boggling process. I'm not even sure I understand the order in which everything happens - let alone what that happening is. I'll have a bash though because I belong to the very small group of Dandelion Appreciators. (Pat at Squirrel Basket is another.)





Dandelion with seeds -  in a bed of fennel.
Dandelion with seeds -  in a bed of fennel.







Hard to believe dandelions haven't arrived from space!


Do you have dandelion posts? If so, let me know and I'll add a link.

Dandelions - do they make life easier or harder for the plants near them? Donna at Gardens Eye View
Dandelions - a feast for Goldfinches - Squirrel Basket
Dandelions - Butterflies, dandelions and trees - Flighty's Plot
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NEWS FROM TREE FOLLOWERS

The Latest Posts
from
Tree Followers

From - On the Edge Gardening - Candyfloss Beech
From Lichfield Lore - May Day

If you have posted since April 29th
about the tree or trees you are following,
let me know and I'll add a link here.

For a list of the Tree Followers
And - don't forget Treeblogging which aggregates posts about trees from a wide range of blogs.