arboreal

Lichen on Tree

a tongue of derelict North Pembrokeshire farmland, steep-sided, cross cut by crumbling dry-stone walls, and over-run by self-seeded ash, blackthorn, hazel, hawthorn, holly, oak, sycamore, and, everywhere, choking brambles and bracken…

a slow unending conversion with pathways dug and occasionally mown, and much planting-in-hope, followed by many failures unable to adapt to the site’s micro-and-macro-climates (note: never try a mass planting of silver birch or eucalyptus in permanently damp deep grassland)…

the chain-saw’s work is unending…

and yet some of our numerous introductions have flourished and continue to multiply (cotoneasters and dogwoods seem to revel in the long wet winters and permanently humid atmosphere)…

other implants have put a brave face on things and continue (so far…) to struggle on steadfastly…

here are some of them…

acer griseum (paper bark maple)acer griseumacer palmatum  with tree peonyacer palmatum atropurpureumacer pensylvanicum (snake bark maple) (2)acer pensylvanicum (snake bark maple)alders by riveramelenchier - the snowy mespilusaralia elataaraucaria   (monkey puzzle tree) seen through sumach and hydrangeaaraucaria araucana (monkey puzzle)  1avenue of aralia elata from topavenue of aralia from the bottombetula utilis var. jacquemontii (silver birch) with eucalyptusbluebell pathcamellia williamsii Jermynscatalpa bignonioides (indian bean tree) flowerscatalpa bignonioidescercidiphyllum japonicumdavidia involucrata (handkerchief tree - still waiting for the first handkerchiefs...)decaisneadrimys winteri (winter's bark)embothrium coccineum (Chilean fire bush)end of a eucalyptuseucryphia branch in late summereucryphia Nymansay in bloomficus carica 'Brown turkey' in late summer fruitingfothergilla gardenii (Witch alder) and drimys winterigunnera manicatahalesia carolina (snowdrop tree)larix kaempferi (Japapnese larch) - larch grove with eucalyptuslespedeza (japanese clover bush) in bloomlespedeza thunbergii (Japanese bush clover)liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)lysichiton (skunk cabbage) with bamboomespilus germanica (medlar)metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)miscanthus, box, quartz, iron with japanese acermyrtus communis (myrtle) in bloomoxydendrum arboreum (sorrel tree)parrotia persica arched by acersparrotia persicapaulownia fargesiiphellodendron (Amur cork tree)picea breweriana   (weeping spruce)pieris 'forest flame'pittosporum 'Garnettii'podocarpus salignussequoiadendron giganteum  (wellingtonia)several declining eucalyptussophora japonica  (Japanese pagoda tree)taxodium distichum  (swamp cypress)trachycarpus fortunei (chusan palm)trochodendron aralioidesvarious pieriswillows across the pondzelkova serrata