A cross-section of my fallen ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) – colour enhanced in Photoshop

Well then, let’s get this over with. The tree men have come and gone and the garden is now safe again after my biggest ash tree was blown down by Storm Aileen.

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Browning leaves at the top of one of the 100 elms (Ulmus ‘New Horizon’


It’s November – the days are getting shorter and the shops have already started playing Christmas songs (it must be terrible to work there).

We have had out first frost here in Cardiff, although there is still plenty of rain, too.

The 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields still seem green from a distance, but up close the leaves are looking rather poorly. Continue Reading »


Leaves of a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Bute Park this week


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.

Why don’t you join us and follow a tree, too? You can start at any time and you don’t have to contribute every month if that’s too much of a commitment for you.

There is a nip in the air and plenty of autumn colour here in Cardiff, but I don’t think it’s a classic year, as there has been too much wind and rain. Every tree finds its own pace. Some are still mostly green, some are already bare. Continue Reading »


The fallen ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) in my garden

I mentioned in the October tree-following link-box blog that the biggest ash tree in our garden had been felled by Storm Aileen on the night of September 12-13. After the tree surgeon came to inspect the damage I went to have a closer look at the fallen giant and spent half an hour “communing” with it and taking pictures.

It felt like I was stroking a beached whale as it died. Continue Reading »


Halloween cat by Alina Kurbiel

It will soon be Halloween. At this time of year in the past I have looked for images of Jack o’ lantern and Will o’ the wisp, owls, cauldrons and skulls. This time I decided to choose some images of black cats, believed by some to be witches’ “familiar spirits” or animal guides. Click on each image to find out more about the source. Continue Reading »

Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

The Great Green Wall of China


Since 1978, China has planted at least 66 billion trees across its arid northern territories, hoping to transform its sandy steppes and yellow dunes into a Great Green Wall, according to Wired…

Undoing the Viking devastation of Iceland


Thanks to Hollis for pointing out this one in the New York Times. A thousand years ago the Vikings razed all the forest in Iceland, but now the trees are being replanted…

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Girls reading, a painting by Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Once upon a training course we were asked to think back to the earliest stories we could remember. Some people recalled true stories, some recalled fairy stories. When we revealed our most persistent memories we realised they seemed to say something about ourselves and what drives us. Continue Reading »