|London Plane buds bursting - early April...|
Before the tree gains its covering of summer foliage again, the plants around its base have been busy revelling in the spring sunlight. Mahonia, which hides away in the shade for the rest of the year, is presently hogging the limelight yet there's still room for Lords and Ladies, Ground Ivy, and farther out across the grass Daffodils, which follow on from an earlier mat of snowdrops.
The tree may have been dormant for months, with little going on to shout about, but things are now stirring as the growth season advances. With my new found focus, brought about via TREE FOLLOWING, I have improved my usual distant admiration to include much closer and regular inspection. I'm a long way from being a tree hugger, but my new focus is opening up the fascinating story, features, and interest that this single plant holds. I'm hooked on plants anyway, but I'm now seeing Plane trees everywhere in a new light - they're amazing!