I’ve been sawing into logs some of the plum tree wood that fell down last year, enjoying the lichens and mosses on it.
Today I fell in love with alder trees. It’s not a species I’ve really looked at much before, partly because I haven’t seen many close up. Driving home from from work today I stopped to take my coat off because I was too warm and I noticed the trees right beside me. I’m glad I did 😍. I shall watch their catkins, flowers and leaves open during the spring. When I don’t have the car (only had it this week because Toad has been ill with a virus), I can walk along to this spot before catching the bus.
The far one in the first pic is a not an alder.
A baby rowan tree, still holding onto its leaves, a hazel leaf blown down from up the hill, a leaf from one of the Boggy Brae’s baby oak trees, and a sprig of Common Tamarisk Moss (Thuidium tamarsicum), which is one of the commonest mosses in the garden. This is the first time I’ve found any of its capsules.
A picture of the still well-leaved hazels up the hill in the woods, and a capsule of Thuidium tamarsicum.