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A few golden leaves on the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff

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It’s definitely autumn in South Wales now, with changeable weather and lower temperatures. Some trees, such as lime/linden and chestnut are well into their fall finery, but the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) I am following in Victoria Park, Cardiff, is still mainly green.

Perhaps this is because the small yellow leaves do not hang around very long on the tree but leave a slightly thinned-out effect, letting more daylight through the branches. Continue Reading »

Berries of mountain ash or rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) in late September

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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 Cardiff autumn has begun with very heavy rains and cold temperatures, leavened by the occasional sunny spell. It really feels what my Yorkshire mother-in-law would call “back-endish”.

During the next week I hope to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home, but I wonder what the rest of you tree followers are up to?

I’m sure you will have something new to report. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

Point to the 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 Makes You Laugh or Happy: This tiny teddy bear among the ivy on top of a wall beside the street amused me for weeks, although it has disappeared now – I hope it has found its owner or gone to a good home

At last I think I have cracked this year’s Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards. I skipped August as I had so little to report but here, belatedly, is my final round-up to complete the list of challenges… Continue Reading »

Sunflower in Thompson’s Park

There was still plenty of colour on offer in my local Cardiff parks – Victoria Park and Thompson’s Park – as September ushered out a meteorologically disappointing summer. Here are some of my pictures… Continue Reading »

A tiny face looking out from the bark of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff

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The weather continues to be changeable in South Wales in early September. For a few days it was so dry with an easterly wind that I thought I would have to water the garden. Then the weather broke – luckily with no thunderstorms here but heavy rain.

This was just at the time I needed to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park, so I delayed going until it cleared up on Sunday, a day I normally stay at home.

The poplar still looks very fresh, with none of the tiredness you might expect towards the end of summer.

Here are my pictures… Continue Reading »

The magnificent hybrid wingnut tree (Pterocarya × rehderiana) in Cardiff’s Bute Park

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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 September 14.

The world’s weather is crazy at the moment and we are even feeling it in a small way in South Wales. The second half of August was not at all summery, with a chill easterly wind and overcast skies. At least now September is bringing some warmer days.

During the next week I hope to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home, but I wonder what the rest of you tree followers are up to?

I’m sure you will have something new to report. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

Point to the 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.

The Rudbeckias are among the stars of the herbaceous borders in Bute Park at the moment

I had not visited the usually wonderful herbaceous borders at the city end of Bute Park in Cardiff since well before the Covid-19 lockdown. I was working far away down in Cardiff Bay for a couple of years and then when I was forced to base myself at home the park seemed too far to walk. I have become lazy and until recently buses seemed too much of an infection risk. Continue Reading »

Raindrops on “daisies” in Victoria Park

It’s time for another monthly visit to Victoria Park in Cardiff. In June all the flower beds were bare, in July they were full of colour, but in August the flowers are already fading. Here are my latest snaps… Continue Reading »

Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in August

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I’m sure we were expecting a mini heatwave in South Wales this month but instead August has been cool and mainly wet.

The light rain did ease off enough for me to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

Nothing much changes in mid summer but I was able to take some general views and found some details to photograph.

Here are my pictures… Continue Reading »

Ripening cherries on a neighbour’s tree – although at this stage they look like small apples

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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 August 14.

The year is absolutely flying by and the summer has been very changeable. We had a mini heatwave but then about 10 days ago we had the tail end of Atlantic Storm Evert and it has been cool ever since with frequent showers and strong winds.

Next week I hope to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home, but I wonder what the rest of you tree followers are up to?

I’m sure you will have something new to report. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

Point to the 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.