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Lime or linden tree (Tilia) outside Suffolk House in Cardiff

There are now more autumn leaves on the ground than on the trees here in the Canton area of Cardiff, South Wales. But I thought I should pay tribute to one of my favourite local trees, which may still be under threat from a housing development. So this could be the last time I see its golden glory. Continue Reading »

Red, gold and green leaves of Parrotia persica on November 3

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Much has been said about the lovely autumn foliage colour of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) and at last the moment has arrived for the small tree in my garden.

I have been following it ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March, when I started working from home and could no longer visit the Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna) near my office in Cardiff Bay, with which I started the tree-following year.

Now I can see the golden leaves of the Parrotia from my study window as I look up from my desk… Continue Reading »

Maple leaves enhanced by PhotoShop…

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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 November 14.

Here in South Wales this week we have had our first sunny and slightly frosty spell of the autumn – just in time for Bonfire Night. It was welcome after so many weeks of rain, although with the Covid-19 lockdown there wasn’t much in the way of communal fireworks.

My Persian ironwood tree is at last colouring up and I will post about it later in the week.

Hopefully our regular tree followers will also have much to report this month as autumn arrives at last. In these pandemic times you may not be able to visit the tree you usually follow – but any tree-related post will be acceptable from contributors old and new.

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.

Beech trees in Thompson’s Park, with Romilly Road beyond the park railings

Firstly, my apologies for being slightly inactive on the blog recently and not responding to comments in a timely manner.

I remain very busy working full-time from home and caring for my husband – still in agony and immobile as he waits for the urgent hip replacement operation cancelled in March thanks to the first Covid-19 lockdown.

And to top it all I have fallen out of love with WordPress and its new Block Editor, which I can’t get to work even if I use a different browser as recommended by one of the WordPress experts. I also couldn’t work out how to continue using Classic Editor until Mike Rogers (of Flighty’s Plot) kindly pointed out a little arrow in the admin panel that I hadn’t noticed. Thanks so much! Continue Reading »

There is such a creature as a ghost jellyfish (Cyanea nozaki), but I rather like this cute interpretation by pikaole on DeviantArt

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, skulls, black cats and bats.

This time I am running out of ideas. I could have chosen spiders, but that might put some people off their breakfast. So instead I have picked some ghosts, especially where they are connected to nature. Click on each image to find the source. Continue Reading »

Autumn sunlight on Parrotia persica leaves, late September

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Not a lot has altered in the appearance of my Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) this month – again. When will I see the promised autumn colour?

But around it something has changed as we have had the long wooden fence up the slope rebuilt. It’s hard to see it from this side – our neighbour gets more benefit – but it was rotting and needed doing.

Thanks to Steffan Wilkins and his team, including carpenter Dylan (or possibly Dillon), who did a grand job on difficult terrain.
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Autumn maple leaves, probably Norway maple (Acer platanoides)

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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 October 14.

Here in South Wales early autumn has been dreary – mostly wet and occasionally windy, a bit chilly but with the occasional sunny interval. I hope to post about my Persian ironwood tree later in the week.

There still doesn’t seem to be much change in the trees, which is probably why not so many people posted bulletins last month. Hopefully this time more of you will be able to visit the tree you are following – but any tree-related post will be acceptable during these unusual pandemic times.

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.

Something that starts with the initial of your name (first or last): P is for Pat and for Passionflower or in Latin Passiflora – this beautiful one was growing in a garden alongside the street on a recent walk…

Earlier in the year I signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. During this coronavirus lockdown it has been a challenge to find the items, but here is my final selection… Continue Reading »

Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Victoria Park in September

Recently I had to deliver a magazine to a friend on a street beyond the “far” side of Victoria Park, so decided to enter the gardens by a different entrance from my first visit in July (see here), which had just taken me through the central pathway.

With the Cardiff Council Parks people concentrating only on essentials at the moment, Victoria Park is all trees but no flower beds. But some of these trees are magnificent. Continue Reading »

‘Blood-dipped’ Parrotia leaves in September

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There is not much new in my monthly tree-following bulletin this time.

The Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) in my garden still has a mixture of healthy green leaves in the shade and red-edged leaves on the branches reached by the sun.

We have had a great deal of rain in the last month in South Wales but also plenty of sun, so the tree seems to be thriving.
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