Posts Tagged ‘Trees’
I thought by now that following a hornbeam in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff would be boring, especially as I wouldn’t expect much change in high summer. It’s my least favourite season, when the sheer weight of greenness everywhere grows tired – and tiring.
I usually visit between 8am and 9am every month, but to vary it a bit, I had planned to go at a different time of day, maybe on my way home one evening.
It never happened, as I have been so busy at work, so (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
At last it seems like Spring – although there is still a slight nip in the air. I went for a wonderful morning walk in the fields to visit the hornbeam I have been following for Loose and Leafy.
The first time I visited, I walked across muddy rugby pitches; the second time I walked up along a steep main road; the third time I took a bus and it went the “wrong” way. This time I got it right, starting at a slightly different entrance to the fields and sticking to the footpaths.
I was relieved to find (more…)