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A few yards from my linden tree on the Wharf is this sign – which suggests you mustn’t run off with a fish under your arm or cook and eat one here

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Well, spring has officially arrived, but the weather in Cardiff is still a little chilly and sometimes wet.

Better temperatures are promised but for now my linden tree (Tilia) alongside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) seems stuck in late winter. There is no sign of the buds opening yet.

When I visited this week I found it impossible to get right up close to take pictures as there were anglers parked alongside it. Continue Reading »

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An impressive but unidentified tree in front of Cardiff’s County Hall, where I now work – I suspect it could be a birch but only spring and summer will reveal all…

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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.

It is still unseasonably chilly here in South Wales and signs of spring are patchy, but we are told the weather is turning milder and we hope we have seen the end of the late snow. Best of all, I heard the first chiff-chaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in the garden on Monday, April 9.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

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This first one came in a bit late, but Lucy used to run the tree-following link box and her tree is super, so I forgive her…
Loose and Leafy in Halifax – alder

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – possibly a maple

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut and Mike’s medlars

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Andrew – Botany in Birmingham – magnolia

See you all again on May 7!

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the idea here.

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Strangely yellow Buddleia davidii leaves among stonecrop (possibly Sedum acre) beside the Wharf

I am thoroughly enjoying my lunchtime explorations of a new habitat this year – the Wharf (the old East Bute Dock) next to Cardiff’s County Hall in the Bay. As spring arrives there are so many little wild plants coming to life on the stone and concrete surfaces around the water, making do with whatever nutrients there are in hollows and cracks (or nooks and crannies, if you prefer the cliché). In some ways these little beauties remind me of those found in an alpine habitat. Continue Reading »

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Catkins of alder (Alnus glutinosa) on the Wharf – I love the way the water looks like silk

Several of my colleagues at work are suffering from hay fever at the moment, and I wonder if that is partly because of the pollen from alders and other catkin-producing trees around the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) next to our office in Cardiff’s County Hall.

I went out one lunchtime this week to take some pictures of the catkins and other early signs of spring. By the way, I expect you knew that the word catkin means “little cat” or kitten, because the inflorescence looks like a kitten’s tail. Continue Reading »

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Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in the Cardiff snow yesterday

The so-called “Beast from the East” returned briefly to South Wales yesterday, but it won’t stop me going to work today – although it’s freezing cold. The snow didn’t stick to the damp streets and the biting north-easterly wind soon blew the snow from the branches of trees and shrubs.

I can never resist taking pictures through the kitchen window in such weather, so here are just a few snaps… Continue Reading »

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The red buds of the linden show no change since last month

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Very little has changed since I chose this linden tree in February. For one thing it has been a short month and for another we had a blast of wintry snow for a few days, which seems to have set us back in our charge towards spring.

There have been no further clues to help me identify the tree fully, but there’s no reason to doubt that it is some variety of small-leaved linden or lime, Tilia cordata.

It stands in a car park by the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) near County Hall in Cardiff Bay and I doubt if I will ever see it without a background of vehicles. Continue Reading »

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Well, that was a surprise – we woke up to thick snow on March 2…

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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.

We had a bit of a short, sharp shock here at the beginning of the month, when “the Beast From the East” brought blizzards and “Storm Emma” brought strong winds to the UK – even to the milder southern areas such as here in South Wales. And apparently it will be cold again this weekend.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month – including a couple of newcomers. Here are the links…

Lea’s Menagerie – in Mississippi

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut and Mike’s medlars

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Annie – Acer pictum or Acer mono

Botany in Birmingham – finding a tree

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on April 7!

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the tree-following idea here.