Trees in Spring
One of the earliest trees to show signs of Spring is the willow. With its buds showing red or lime green, especially against a dark sky, the colour starts to show as early as January, Catkins appear on the small contorted hazel hidden in the Garden of the Child. One of the last trees to come into leaf is usually the ash, once common in the UK, but now disappearing due to ash dieback disease, its black buds point skywards
Trees in Summer
All trees come into flower at some time in the summer months, some are more noticeable than others. The Horse Chestnut near the large Wellingtonia has wonderful white candles, whilst the Lime tree, near the Perry Street gate, is covered in the sweetest smelling linden blossom in June.
Trees in Autumn
Many of the trees put on a wonderful colour display in autumn. Leaves are full of chlorophyll, which gives them their green colour and enables them to absorb energy from the sun and produce nutrients for the tree to feed on.
Once summer has gone, the leaves stop making food and the chlorophyll is broken down into colourless compounds, revealing yellow pigments, whilst other chemical changes cause red colouration.
The two Sweet Gum trees near the crossroads of the paths above the Garden of the Child, are a glorious picture in October and early November, whilst not far away, the Red Oak and Copper Beech near the refurbished end of the lake, glow in splendour.
Trees in winter
Winter allows us to see the shape and structure of each tree, perhaps a hidden nest, maybe a ball of mistletoe. It is easier to see the birds and the squirrels as they search for food in the nooks and crannies where insects are sleeping away the cold months.
Photo: Wildlife/Trees/Winter Trees/Tree March 2016 RN