Last year I contributed to Loose and Leafy’s Tree Follow. This did not involve any actual stalking of trees as even the least horticultural of you will realise they don’t move very far and it would rapidly become tedious. What is it is a chance for participants to closely study a dedicated specimen throughout the year and share their findings with the whole wide world via http://www.looseandleafy.blogspot.co.uk which will be updated monthly. Previously, unable to decide between the two shortlisted (indecision is a regular occurrence in my life) I chose both a beautiful copper beech and its equally as fine neighbour, a European lime tree. After a keen start I was not especially devoted to the cause. I became diverted (diversion is a common …. you get the picture) by the summer and seduced by more ephemeral past times. This year I will attempt to be more diligent. Today I was pondering which tree would be my faithful subject this year, then it came to me in a flash of inspiration “of course the Larch!”. I traipsed up to the top boundary to reacquaint myself with my new favorite tree, considered angles, took some photos, easy! On walking back to the potting shed I passed a tangled and lichened maze of boughs. Darn it. My tree this year be our wonderful medlar tree, Mespilus germanica.