At last ... my silver birch has finally woken up and realised it is spring! I've kept a close eye on it since last month as a few people had warned me that the changes seem to happen overnight, and they were right.
The first changes were evident when I checked the tree on April 20th. The male catkins have doubled in length and turned yellow with their pollen.
There are new leaves, still quite small and strangely only on one side of the tree so far.Looking up to the top of the tree ...
A week later on the 27th April, there are only a few male catkins left on the tree and all the pollen has been dispersed on the wind. The female catkins have appeared on all of the branches and will have been pollinated - these will remain on the tree gradually maturing and developing the seeds which will be dispersed in the autumn.The male catkins have dropped to the ground beneath the tree.
There are new leaves appearing on the other side of the tree now.
and the leaves I saw the week before have almost grown to their full size.looking up to the higher branches ...
These last photos were taken a few days ago. The entire tree is now covered in leaves.
A close up (not quite in focus!) of a female catkin.
Although the tree is covered in leaves, there are still plenty of new ones waiting their turn.Looking up to the higher branches ...
Linking with Lucy at Loose and Leafy.