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Tree Following: April 2020

Cornus kousa in Penlee Park, Penzance

I am very lucky, living not just near the sea but within a few minutes walk of the park. So Tree Following can be combined with sanctioned outdoor exercise. And I am so glad of it!

The spell of warm weather and sunshine has really brought on the Cornus kousa in the park.

This was on 26th March:

And on 12th April:

There are old leaves still clinging on amongst the fresh new lime green ones.

If you look carefully you can just see the bracts developing around the flowers. These will become the white showy “flowers” later on in the year.

The other Cornus in the Memorial Gardens also has some old leaves, but no new growth, just green leaves which have overwintered. So semi-evergreen, I would say.

Here’s a picture (a bit blurry) of the nuthatch I spotted last month. And there are actually two – there was a second bird perched on a nearby branch, tapping away at the bark. I hope they’re nesting.

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6 thoughts on “Tree Following: April 2020

  1. How lovely to have somewhere like this to go to legitimately. And glorious weather to do it in.


    1. I am very lucky Victoria. And to have Morrab Gardens within walking distance too.


  2. Lucy Corrander 15th Apr 2020 — 8:23 am

    What a beautiful and peaceful looking park. I’ve never seen a nuthatch.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Lucy, yes I am very lucky to be living so near this park, and to be able to walk in it at this time.
      Nuthatches are very trim and dapper birds, I was delighted to see a pair of them.


  3. Everything in the park is greening up nicely.
    You are so lucky the park is big enough to maintain social distancing.
    Best wishes – and stay safe 🙂


    1. Thanks! you too Pat. Yes, though some of the paths are quite narrow, we are all very polite and usually move to one side or wait for others to go through.


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