This time last year some of the Larch trees were in flower,
it has been a colder winter so we are running a little behind,
a few more weeks and things will get moving.
You can just see the buds starting to form.
Nothing much has changed, so I have been looking at the few other Larch trees we have in the park.
The plot were mine is (a) there are eight trees mixed in with the Pine. Another tree (b) is hidden amongst the tree line boarder on the same plot of land, with a young tree further down.
Further into park , a area which divides the two parks Kirk Lane Park and Nunroyd Park, is another group of mixed Larch and Pine.(c)
As far as I can tell my tree is a European larch or common Larch,
But this particular tree has many miss shaped or deformed cones.
Were two cones have grown out of the end, or they have turned fat and heart shaped.
The under side of the bark has a red tinge to it.
And the outer is rough and scaly, covered in small amounts of Lichen.
There are many types of Larch Tree.
Dahurian,Dunkeld, European, Golden, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Siberian,Skkim, and Western.
Tree B and Tree C
are a totally different shape to mine , with strong branches not draping downwards like my tree.
In my Collins Tree guide these two trees look like
Japanese or Dunkeld Larch. The scales on the cones curve outward slightly, I might be able to tell more when the flowers come.
On my tree the two Harlequin Ladybirds are present and come out to feed when the sun is shining, I carefully removed them to photograph then put them back.
On tree B
the cones have been eaten probable by Squirrels and the cones on the ground were covered in moss.
I'd brought home a very small spider..
I will leave you with a hint of what's to come.......
taken last year.