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A sprig of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)…

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On my June visit to the old hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields I hoped to see the developing fruits, but I knew they would be high up in the branches, so in advance I picked one from the much smaller roadside hornbeam I pass on the way to work.

Then I chose the one dry day of the week (again – it has rained a lot lately) to visit the fields (more…)

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The mystery tree on June 3…

Oh dear, I knew this story would end in tears… You will recall the “winter tree” I featured in my last blog post? The one that had no leaves in early May when all around was green? Well I went back this week, a month later, in the hope its leaves would now give me an identification.

As I got nearer my heart sank. It was (more…)

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Unidentified tree, Llandaff Fields, May 7

For now, I am calling this the winter tree. Because when I last visited Llandaff Fields a few weeks ago this was one of very few trees still struggling to break into leaf. Everywhere else the branches were clad in green – including a couple of earlier mystery trees, which I have now identified (see later in this post!).

I have no idea (more…)

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Oaks in leaf at last in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on May 7, 2014

You may recall that I have been waiting for the huge “oak” trees to come into leaf near the hornbeam I am following, so I could make a proper identification. I thought they were oak because of last year’s dead leaves in the vicinity, but to be honest these trees don’t look like (more…)

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The hornbeam I am following, pictured in the centre, on May 7, 2014

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For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring there is a different green.

(from “I Sit and Think” by JRR Tolkien)

It’s that time again, for visiting “my” tree to give an update for Loose & Leafy’s tree-following project.

I feared I would miss the “female” flowers on the hornbeam, or not see them as the branches are so high up, so (more…)

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Pink cherry blossom…

Oh dear, Lucy Corrander has really started something for me this Spring with her tree following meme… I am “observing” trees everywhere I look now. Not that surprising, I suppose, when Cardiff does have so many – a lot of them dating back to Victorian and Edwardian times.

This time I am featuring some cherry trees (Prunus). I don’t know if it’s (more…)

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A tangle of moss…

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Gold and green moss…

It has been a while now since I added to my moss identification project. But I have “found” a new one right in front of me, as I look through the kitchen window while washing up the dishes.

I noticed it when the sun shone on it one day after (more…)

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