‘Blood-dipped’ Parrotia leaves in September


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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Ripening cherries in a neighbour’s garden last week


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 September 14.

Here in South Wales August was wet, wet, wet. And now that I have put away the cooling fans for another season we are promised a mini heatwave. Instead of early autumn will we get an Indian summer?

Some of you may be able to visit the tree you are following but for others any tree-related post will be acceptable during these unusual pandemic 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.

Something with four sides: A big Dorset Knob biscuit tin from a holiday trip – now very useful as a storage box…

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, mostly indoors. Here is my third selection… Continue Reading »

Here is another (not-quite) 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.

Making the most of a tree epidemic

Cornell University researchers in upstate New York aim to upcycle decaying ash trees into usable building structures, facades and smart furniture, reports The Conversation…

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

The UK Save the Oaks campaign has united communities with coppicing experts and woodland ecologists to rescue tens of thousands of oak saplings from destruction, reports the Ecologist…

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Red-dipped Parrotia persica leaves in the garden in August


As I write this we are in the middle of a spell of thunderstorms and heavy rain in South Wales, but on the day I took these pictures of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) we were well into an intense heatwave and I thought I was going to have to water the garden.

There was not much new to see this month but the pretty red-dipped leaves are still attractive, peeping out from the sycamore tree that, as I have said before, heavily overshadows the ironwood. Despite that, the hardy little tree is surviving well. Continue Reading »

Green acorns in the rain in a Cardiff park this week


The tree-following link box has closed for another month. I can’t believe it’s August already – my mind is still stuck back in March when the Covid-19 lockdown started. Here in South Wales we have had sunshine and rain – but at least it means we haven’t had to water the plants.

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

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix fragilis

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – those quinces are looking juicy…

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores

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

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) in LaBonte Park

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – Persian ironwood in August

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in August. 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 September…

Something that holds your favourite beverage: Wine glass for chilled rosé wine mixed with elderflower pressé…

Last month I signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. During this coronavirus lockdown I have again not strayed far from the house and garden. Here is my second attempt… Continue Reading »

Billy the Seal, a Cardiff character who lived in the pond in Victoria Park’s zoo from 1914 until 1939, when he died and it was discovered he was a she…

Somehow I have been so very busy during my four months working from home that I have had trouble keeping up with my blogging. I have also totally abandoned my initial idea of visiting a different Cardiff park every week. Here I am eventually sharing my pictures from Victoria Park, although I took them in late June.

I managed to clock up 5,500 “steps” walking to the park and back, so hopefully that will give you an idea of how close to home it is. For all that, I have only ever visited it twice before, and then only passing through without a camera. Continue Reading »

Charlotte potatoes reveal themselves

Many people have turned to a spot of gardening during the lockdown and I must admit that I just happened to have ordered some patio tubs and a potato growing kit long before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. As a child I had helped grow potatoes in the garden but never in containers. Here are some images of the results of my efforts… Continue Reading »

Leaves of Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) in early July


Well, it’s week 17 of my Covid-19 lockdown here in Cardiff and I’m still happily working from home and not going out much – although I have managed to arrange a much-overdue haircut for next week!

I was concerned that the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) I have discovered in my back garden would struggle as it is so overshadowed by a big sycamore, but on the latest inspection it seems to be doing fine.

Here are some pictures of my discoveries in the last few days. Continue Reading »