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Appealing green bears on the Easigrass (artificial grass) stand at the Cardiff RHS Show

We usually go to the Cardiff RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Show but this year I had to go alone as the husband can’t walk very far at the moment. I went on the morning of Sunday, April 14, and the weather was bright but slightly cold – perfect for wandering around and taking a few pictures… Continue Reading »

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New growth on the London plane tree in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

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We are well into spring here in Cardiff, although there is currently a chill easterly wind and the nights are almost frosty. At least the sun is shining so we should be grateful as there was one particularly wet and miserable week recently.

I could see from a distance that the London plane tree in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, was slightly tinged with green at last.

But when I visited with my camera on April 10 the sun was very bright, so I couldn’t really tell what I was seeing in detail until I inspected the images later. Continue Reading »

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Cherry blossom on a tree in Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff Bay, in late March

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Spring is a very good time to start, so why not join us? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

Here in Cardiff we have had a mix of weather. For a whole week it was glorious spring, sunny, warm and dry, but then last week it was as cold as winter with sleety rain and some hailstorms.

Here are the all-important links from this month’s tree followers…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – unidentified tree on the University of Wyoming campus – plus snow, pussy willows and some art…

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on May 7. Why not join us and follow a tree throughout the year? Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

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Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) on the Wharf beside County Hall in Cardiff Bay

It has been over a year now since I first walked around the Wharf (former Bute East Dock) next to my office at County Hall in Cardiff Bay.

I have visited more or less every month so I have no idea if I will spot anything I haven’t seen before. But I will keep on looking anyway. These pictures were taken at lunchtime on March 26… Continue Reading »

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Maple flowers on a tree in Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff, in mid March

My Cardiff Bay bus drives down Lloyd George Avenue every day so I have been keeping an eye on the trees I first visited in autumn last year (read the blog post here).

I recently noticed the first signs of spring colour on a couple of the trees at the Bay end of the avenue, not far from my office in County Hall. At first I thought the red twigs were breaking into leaf… Continue Reading »

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The London plane tree (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following this year in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

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Although it is early spring here in Cardiff I hadn’t noticed any development in my London plane tree since the winter. I see it a couple of times a week when I walk over to the shops for a lunchtime sandwich but only occasionally do I make the effort to take my camera and draw attention to myself in this busy street.

The tree may be quiet but there is a lot of infrastructure work going on around it – these iPhone pictures from this week show a drainage vehicle doing something or other (as I now work in the council highways department I should know what they were doing, but they just seemed to be cleaning down the paving of the street when I saw them). Continue Reading »

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Catkins in Cardiff Bay in early March – I think it’s a birch as the old woody fruits I could see were not like the “cones” of alder

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Spring is a very good time to start, so why not join us? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

Here in Cardiff it feels like early spring most of the time. We have had sunny days, windy days (Storm Freya and Storm Gareth) very wet days, cold days and, in the middle of the month, we had the warmest February day since records began in the UK.

There are catkins everywhere and blossom, although it soon blows away like confetti. The early cherry blossom has gone but the magnolias are coming into their own and the later cultivated double pink cherry blossom has not yet shown itself.

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I don’t know what this is, seen near the County Hall bus stop – my first thought was cherry, or blackthorn (but I see no thorns)…

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…these are the flowers after the petals have dropped – any ideas? I’m sure the number of stamens must be a clue

Here are the all-important links from this month’s tree followers…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince – an early start

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Anni Kelsey – Gardens of Delight – trees on the Welsh border

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – oak

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – the chosen one (or two) on the University of Wyoming campus

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Dan McShane – Reading the Washington Landscape – finding a (snow-covered) tree to follow in Washington State

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on April 7. Why not join us and follow a tree throughout the year? Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.