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Lime tree (Tilia) flowers and developing fruits in Cardiff’s Victoria Park in late June

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It’s that time again for the monthly tree-following link box, which will stay open for your tree-related links until 7pm GMT on July 14.

Here in South Wales we have had rain for a week or two now and the Covid-19 lockdown continues, while in England and some other parts of the world the stay-at-home measures are easing.

Although my Parrotia tree is in my own back garden it is rapidly disappearing under the branches of a big sycamore tree, so I have no idea if I will be able to find much of interest this month. We shall see.

Some of you may be able to visit your trees but for others any tree-related post will be acceptable during these unusual times. I’m sure you will think of something interesting to say.

I am hopeful that we will continue to have some new tree enthusiasts joining us, so point to any post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

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

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

Two-acre cashew tree looks like a mini forest

The largest cashew-nut tree in the world is featured in the Mail Online…

Big cats love climbing trees

Researcher Alexander Braczkowski spent a year monitoring and filming tree lions in the Queen Elizabeth conservation area in Uganda – the drone video is on the Guardian website…

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A favourite piece of jewellery: I probably haven’t worn this necklace and earrings for 30 years or more, but loved them when I was younger – they are pictured against a background of a plain pair of black trousers as I couldn’t find velvet…

Having enjoyed the Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt with Eileen at A Bracelet of Days, I have signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. The first monthly link-up is here.

This time there is an added challenge as during the coronavirus lockdown I have hardly strayed from the house and garden. Continue Reading »

Persian bellflower (Campanula poscharskyana) in the garden in June

There are some splashes of colour in the garden this month as well as the ever-present green of the trees and shrubs, so I thought I would celebrate this. Here are some recent pictures… Continue Reading »

Young blackbird (Turdus merula) on the last day of May

I have had a chance to notice more garden birds than usual in recent weeks and it has been a good year for certain baby birds. I have seen very young nuthatches for the first time – two of them – although the parents have disappeared at the moment. Continue Reading »

Developing seed-head of the mystery tree in my garden on the last day of May

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Well, here we are in June and for me it’s the end of the 12th week of working from home in the Covid-19 lockdown here in South Wales.

You may recall I began the year following some lovely Turkish hazel trees in Cardiff Bay, but they are now a long way away so I am observing a tree in my own back garden, visible from my study window.

Actually it is becoming less and less visible as it is overhung by a rapidly growing self-seeded sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) and as it is on a difficult slippery slope I have not yet been able to cut back the sycamore branches. Continue Reading »

Leaves of field maple (Acer campestre) in dappled sunlight in my garden

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The tree-following link box has closed for another month. And here we are passing from spring into summer.

It has been over two months now since the UK entered the lock-down as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and in Wales there has been even less loosening of restrictions than in neighbouring England.

The hot spring sunshine lasted throughout May but in the last few days we have at last had some rain for the garden.

Any tree-related post is acceptable in these lock-down times and everyone has found something interesting to say, whether about their usual trees or others if they are unable to visit their first choice.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Crafty Green Poet – Juliet in Edinburgh, Scotland – horse chestnut

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – watching the quincelets

Food For Thought – Sherrie in Indiana – maple

Elephant’s Eye on False Bay – Diana Studer in South Africa – a tiny urban forest

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix fragilis

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores, part 1

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores, part 2

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – Populus tremula and Acer platinoides (Norway maple) in the garden

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – mystery tree has a name

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – naming trees

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – Cornus kousa

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in June. Why not join us next time? Just 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. Although we all try to publish our tree followings every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you in July…

Here is another monthly round-up of tree news articles from around the world – and in some ways trees are more important than ever during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Quinine tree from Andes that changed the world

A BBC Travel feature explores the history of the discovery of the cinchona tree, source of quinine, a cure for malaria currently being tested (controversially) against the Covid-19 pandemic…

Urban planners’ choice of male trees makes hay fever worse

According to the Guardian, horticulturists are urging a better sex mix of city trees to mitigate rising asthma and hay fever problems…

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It’s so easy to see holes in trees as the eyes of some huge pachyderm

It was inevitable when I walked around Llandaff Fields recently that I would encounter one of my favourite trees. Please indulge me while I give it a blog post of its own. This was the first tree I ever followed, in 2014. You can see all my previous posts about it here.

This is a record of my most recent visit… Continue Reading »

Llandaff Fields – one of Cardiff’s great green spaces – pictured are two of my favourite trees – sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) on the left and lime (Tilia cordata) on the right

I’m not getting far in my attempts to visit all the local parks and fields for exercise during the Covid-19 lockdown. So far in nine weeks I have visited only two! I feel so fat and unfit, spending all day working at my desk. Anyway, this is the second excursion, to Llandaff Fields on May 6 – doesn’t time fly?

I started my circuit at the corner where Pen-hill meets Cardiff Road and heads on up to Llandaff. That way I first skirted the hedgerows along the edge of the rugby pitches, walking on grass with no proper path. Continue Reading »