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New flower buds and last year’s husks on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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As we pass from late spring into summer here in Cardiff the weather is warming up, although we still have an occasional wet day for the benefit of the garden.

It was sunny but surprisingly blustery when I visited Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

The statuesque tree is now full of leaves at that lovely, fresh light green stage of growth.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… Continue Reading »

Young linden leaves – I think this tree on the corner of our road is a Tilia tomentosa ‘Petiolaris’ or weeping silver lime as the flowers are always highly scented and the leaves will have white backs when they mature…

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This year is running away with me! So little time and already here we are for the May tree-following get-together. Hello to the regular followers, while any new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us.

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere so the trees are at their fresh green best (unless you prefer autumn).

We had some warm and dry weather here in South Wales in April with just a few rainy days.

Next week we are expecting a mini heatwave in Cardiff so I hope to make my monthly visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on May 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

This lovely golden Kalanchoe on the kitchen windowsill brightens my spirits when I am washing up the dishes…

Fresh growth on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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After a recent cold snap with hailstorms the weather is getting warmer here in South Wales.

Of course that means it is slightly damper and it started to drizzle when I arrived at Cardiff’s Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

I was delighted to find the tree now had a distinct green tinge.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… Continue Reading »

Something a bit different this time – the colourful trunk of a palm tree in a neighbour’s garden

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It’s time for the April tree-following get-together. If you are an existing follower I do hope you will continue in 2022 but new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us.

Spring is on the way in the northern hemisphere so it’s an ideal time to choose a tree to follow, if you haven’t already.

We had some warmer weather here in South Wales in March but April has begun with colder, wetter days and even some hail and snow.

I hope to visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park this week and, now it’s Spring I must see what other parks have to offer, too.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on April 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

The Churchill College ladies’ eight in winter 1973 – that’s me in the front row on the right, during my first term at Cambridge University…

Today is the traditional Varsity Boat Race on the Thames in London, between Oxford University and Cambridge University, about which I am always nostalgic, although I have never been there to see it. There is a preview, from the point of view of Cambridge, here…

The first men’s race was in 1829 but nowadays there are four races – men’s and women’s plus the reserve crew races between Isis (Oxford) and Goldie (Cambridge) for the men and Osiris and Blondie for the women. Continue Reading »

Pink magnolia in Thompson’s Park

I recently visited my nearest green space in Cardiff, Thompson’s Park, to see how spring was coming along. The magnolia trees were in bloom, the grassy bank was full of daffodils and the parks people had planted primulas in the flower bed. Here are my snaps… Continue Reading »

The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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It has been a wet week here in South Wales but one morning I managed to find a weather window to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

There has not been much visible development since my last visit but Spring has sprung all around, with a patch of crocuses in the grass beneath the tree.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… Continue Reading »

I saw this in someone’s hedge today – a mass of blue lights with a bunch of yellow daffodils – the colours of the flag of Ukraine, to show solidarity in these terrible times…

Raindrops on pine needles, seen from my study window

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It’s time for the March tree-following get-together. If you are an existing follower I do hope you will continue in 2022 but new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us. Spring is on the way in the northern hemisphere so it’s an ideal time to choose a tree to follow, if you haven’t already.

February has lived up to its reputation as “February fill-dyke” with a great deal of rain but also tree-felling gales here in South Wales. In the space of a week we had Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice (by far the worst) and Storm Franklin.

I hope to visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park this week and, with the weather brightening I may visit some other parks this month, too.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on March 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!