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Posted on January 3, 2008 by Ash
Happy New Year, dear reader. Let's hope it's a good one. Doesn't the tree above look great, all dressed up in Christmas lights? I took that about a year ago. I was just impressed. I mean, that's how you decorate a tree. And that's a fairly big tree.
Posted on January 7, 2008 by Ash
Snow on Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris).
A snowy boggy patch in a small wood. Birch and Scots pine in the background.
A snowy woodland scene in Millstones Wood. Snow and stone and tree.
This broken larch (Larix) branch looks like old news nowadays. There's even a patch of fungus visible at the back. But back on the 4th of April 2007 it was all fresh and glorious!
A generous portion of larch twigs, delicately powdered with snow.
A picturesque snow-covered European beech (Fagus sylvatica) in Millstones Wood.
A serene scene. Wintry beauty in the woods.
Posted on January 16, 2008 by Ash
My favourite tree species is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica), so of course I want to grow some for treeblog. In the summer, when I was on one of my chestnut missions, I found an abundance of beechnuts beneath the big old chestnut. It is right next to a big old beech, you see. "What a marvellous opportunity!" I thought, and swiftly procured a handful. Those nuts are now sat around waiting to become beautiful treeblog trees as part of Set B (coming Spring 2008!).
Collecting beechnuts on the 7th of July (photograph taken by my sister).
The big old beech. Mighty!
The beechnuts that are destined for a treeblog planting.
Posted on January 22, 2008 by Ash
Mountain pine cones.
I will be planting some mountain pine seeds as part of treeblog's Set B this spring. Mountain pine, also known as dwarf pine, is a real taxonomic confusion. There is a bewildering tangle of subspecies and variants and even hybrids. Nevertheless, I believe I am correct in identifying the seeds I will plant as being Pinus mugo subsp. mugo Turra; more simply Pinus mugo. See the four pine cones in the photograph above? I hand-picked those on a mountainside in the Italian Alps back on the 23rd of August on a field trip with the University of Edinburgh (see photos of the trip here and here). I picked 'em, and soon, I'm gonna plant 'em.
Posted on January 26, 2008 by Ash
Look here. I've dug out some photos taken last year on February the 3rd. It was a lovely day with a beautiful clear sky. And some of the leafless trees in the Grange area of Edinburgh looked stunning against the wide blue yonder.
European beech (Fagus sylvatica). Smooth silver bark and fine, delicate branches.
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastaneum). Thicker twigs than beech. Notice how the branches droop downwards but have recurved tips.
Lime (Tilia) - whether common, small- or large-leaved I do not know. Notice the dichotomy in size between the main branches and the finer twigs.
Willow (Salix) - I think. I can't remember, but it sure looks like willow.
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