My tree is only round the corner from my house but I haven't seen it since I took the photos for last month's post. From a distance it looks exactly the same as it did last month, if you ignore the packet of wet wipes abandoned on the ground by its trunk.
Up close there are subtle changes. The female catkins are there in abundance but they have grown during the month and have lengthened and filled out.
The leaves have lost their newness and appear to provide nourishment for some unknown creatures. I think it's possibly a caterpillar but couldn't see any sign of one.
Some of the leaves are covered in brown patches; I checked online and it seems that the mostly likely cause is a fungus.
The peeling bark is just as interesting as ever. I always look around the base of the tree for any of the fallen bark, delightfully called 'fairy paper', but have never been lucky enough to find any.
But I was lucky enough to see that a new branch is growing ... still quite tiny, but I'll follow its development over the coming months.
And to finish, a couple of shots taken looking up through the canopy. Not very well exposed, but I still like them so am sharing them with you.
Linking with Lucy at Loose and Leafy.