Tree Following: In between

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREIt was a dull day when I went to review the Hornbeam of Gordon Square and the tree reflected the mood of the weather. It was looking somewhat disconsolate too since on the other side of the wrought iron railing there is now a hive of road digging, workmen and the noise of heavy machinery. Such is the life of an urban tree!

Evidently the overhang was in the way of the road works as several branches had been cut and cast down amongst the deepening leaf litter. At least it gave me the opportunity to look at them in more depth since the branches themselves are above camera eye level.

Grey and hairy is the description for twigs of Carpinus betulus though the hirsuteness was not noticeable to my eyes. What is evident however is the 50-50 ratio between green and yellowing leaves as chlorophyll recedes and carotene remains as citrine hues.

Hornbeams are renowned for  the loveliness of their yellow autumn leaves but fall colour depends on many factors and London 2014 does not seem to be a particularly good year for such display.

“The brightest autumn colors are produced when dry, sunny days are followed by cool, dry nights.”

So far October has been relatively mild, very wet and windy, and ripping the most reluctant foliage from its grasp. In the fullness of fall colour when the sun shines, perhaps there will be enough leaves left for the Hornbeam to glow. Meanwhile it reposes in the quietude of in-betweeness, leaving little to report and document, though it is always a pleasure to see.

The Chemistry of Autumn Colours

Tree Following with Lucy: There’s a link box on Loose and Leafy on 7th of the month for 7 days. Every month!
And am also following Pat@The Squirrel Basket who also is shadowing a Hornbeam


14 thoughts on “Tree Following: In between

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! Your hornbeam still seems a bit ahead of mine, in terms of the amount of yellow. It’s a shame we aren’t getting any orange/red leaves because we haven’t had it cold enough.
    I’m a bit distraught about your loss of limbs to the roadworks!
    See you in November – I wonder if the trees will be bare by then?
    All the best 🙂


  2. Lucy Corrander

    I was anticipating parts of the tree I’m following would have fallen in recent winds. This would have been interesting because all its branches are otherwise too high to see anything close up. But they didn’t. Hope your tree doesn’t object to a bit of trimming.


  3. shame about the lopped branches but as you say Laura it gave you a chance of a closer look and if they leave them in among the fallen leaves and under growth they will become a great habitat for wildlife, the trunk on your tree is quite lovely, I was down your way last week and noticed the rain/wet! I had hoped for a wee spell in dry weather land but perhaps it was my fault it rained, bringing it with me and all that, Frances


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