For Tree Following last year, I chose one of the several wonderful old silver birch trees in North Merchiston Cemetery in Edinburgh. Crafty Green Boyfriend and I started walking round this cemetery (and the nearby Dalry Cemetery) every day for our #DailyExercise during the first UK lockdown last year. And we're still doing the same walk regularly, though not quite as often.In fact during late November and early December, I hadn't taken many photos of my silver birch at all, so my last Tree Following update included photos of other silver birch trees in another cemetery! However, in the middle of December I took a good few photos of my tree so we can have a look at it in the middle of winter.
It's lovely to look up into the bare branches and see the blue winter sky
There are still some leaves on the tree (though not many)
Next year's catkins are already forming on the twigs
while the puff ball fungi growing around the roots of the tree have given up most of their spores
and a spider has built a beautiful web in the lower branches
I've enjoyed following this silver birch over the last year, it's a beautiful tree, one of several beautiful birches in this cemetery.
For 2022, I'm staying in North Merchiston Cemetery and have chosen a magnificent cherry tree to follow.
It is covered with ivy at the base, which is great habitat for many invertebrates.
and the first buds are appearing