At last the long awaited flowers are coming out on the Aesculus hippocastrum which I am looking at each month. I am joining in with Lucy’s tree following meme at Looseandleafy blog.
The flowers of the Horse Chestnut are synoecious which means there are male and female flowers in the same inflorescence. I am quite glad to know this as I enjoy new words and this was certainly new to me. It comes from the Greek for ‘dwelling in the same house’.
I was hoping that the tree would be showing all its glory for May’s tree following meme but there are still many buds yet to open.
As you can see the tree is very tall. I am hoping to put an owl box up high in the tree. I have seen barn owls around this year and I would love to have them nesting in the garden. The Pianist has said he will make me a box, but I don’t know who will volunteer to climb up 20 feet or so to secure the box.
This is the barn owl I saw just up the road in March when I was lucky enough to have my camera with me.
The leaves on the Chestnut are palmate with 5 or 7 pointed leaflets from the central stem. We had a very windy day earlier this week and I though the leaves were hanging a bit limply after the battering they received. But maybe the new leaves always look like this, I have never noticed before.
Quite a few branches were broken off. We often seem to get a really fierce wind in May and usually it wrecks the irises but this year they are not out yet so they are safe for now.
If we have some really hot days it would be a nice, cool place to sit in the shade of this lovely tree. You can see how we cut paths through the daffodils and wild flowers so that it looks as if they are meant to be there. This year I managed to persuade the Pianist to cut sinuous, winding paths rather than the isosceles triangles which he prefers. The hedges are lined with cow parsley which gives a lovely frothy effect.
The little tree to the right of the apple tree is a quince, Cydonia oblonga ‘Vranja’ which I am delighted to see is full of blossom.It is still quite young; last year it bore one quince.
The other Chestnut tree is not so far on and its buds are not open yet. It is a mystery why two trees, side by side should get leaves and flowers at different times.
One thing that is baffling me about my tree is the fact that it sprouts from the base. I wonder if it has been damaged at some time to make it do this. I wish it wouldn’t, I would rather a nice smooth trunk.
I have started to make a little woodland garden under these trees, but this is very much a work in progress and not ready to be shown yet.
If you go over to Loseandleafy you can see the trees that Lucy and other tree followers are enjoying this month.