When I last wrote about the tree in April there had been shocking news and it had been severely pollarded. Such drastic action had left me quite literally stumped for words and it's been a while since I've walked that way into Blackheath.
However yesterday when I misjudged my timings and unbelievably managed to leave home earlier than planned (it doesn't happen often so I should note it down) I decided it was time to pay the tree a visit.
Unsure of what I would find I headed down the path and saw this:
It certainly is a plucky thing - I was going to say little, but it's far from little! I know that when you cut a plant that encourages growth, but I hadn't thought it would grow quite so much, so quickly. And now I'm kicking myself for not visiting before.
The size of its leaves still amaze me.
Huge aren't they?
And it still amuses me that it's behind railings, and you know how much I like some ironwork.
I left pleased to see that the tree was making a go of it and wondering how long it would be before it was cut again. As I wandered along the path towards the village and the station I spotted this mystery plant. I'd not seen it before and it was quite striking, does anyone know what it is?
The rich berry-like colour did seem to signal something though, along with the blackberries ripening everywhere I think we can safely say that Autumn is approaching.