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…)