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The street food cafe under the plane in Mermaid Quay has changed hands – here it is being repainted on May 20

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Although the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, has changed little in the last month, nearby there is a lot going on.

Around the corner on Roald Dahl Plass (which used to be called the Oval Basin), from May 27 to June 1, there was the Urdd National Eisteddfod, a Welsh language youth festival of words and music. Continue Reading »

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Green cherries in late May on one of the magnificent white-flowering trees around County Hall in Cardiff Bay

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. It’s very cool and wet for June here in Cardiff and I managed to visit my London plane in Mermaid Quay without getting my camera wet. You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? 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.

Here are the all-important links from this month’s tree followers…

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – still unknown! maybe it doesn’t matter

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – a game of two halves

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on July 7. Why not join us and follow a tree throughout the year? Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

In The Balance – a bronze by J A Stevenson on the front of the Old NatWest Building in Bute Street, Cardiff Bay

I try to post about subjects other than nature occasionally, but I am finding I have so little spare time these days! However, I have no excuse for ignoring the architecture when I pass so many interesting buildings most days as I walk over to Cardiff Bay for my lunchtime sandwich.

My walk usually takes me along the southern end of Bute Street, now rather run-down but with hopes of regeneration. Continue Reading »

Female blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) eating mahonia berries in the garden this spring

I’m afraid I am growing complacent about the birds in my garden – seen one baby robin in spring and you have seen them all! However, there are always some comparative rarities to be captured on camera. Continue Reading »

Developing leaves and flowers on the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

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The London plane tree in Cardiff’s Mermaid Quay is coming along nicely with the benefit of both rain and sunshine in the last few weeks.

I see it most days as I visit the Tesco store opposite to buy a sandwich for lunch or a few groceries. The changes are small but the leaves are growing bigger and the female flowers are starting their journey to becoming fruit balls.

Here are my pictures from April 29 – I find it difficult to get many of the leaves and flowers into sharp focus as there is such a mass of greenery at different distances from the lens, but here goes… Continue Reading »

Fresh green leaves on the full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum) in my garden in early May

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? 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.

Here in Cardiff we have again had a mixture of weather this month and our usual warm south-westerlies have deserted us. It was mild for a while, then we had chill winds from the eastern half of the compass, meaning surprisingly steamy breath in the mornings. Later came more rain and a short spell of sunny and almost warm weather, tempting us to “cast a clout”.

Here are the all-important links from this month’s tree followers…

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – a stand-in this month (out of town)

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Anni Kelsey – Gardens of Delight – trees on the Welsh border

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – the two quinces blossom

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on June 7. Why not join us and follow a tree throughout the year? Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

Here is another 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.

See the world’s oldest trees by starlight

PHOTOGRAPH BY BETH MOON

Beth Moon slept under ancient baobabs and waited out the clouds to photograph Earth’s arboreal beauty at night – they are showcased by National Geographic…

Palace oaks offered to restore Notre Dame

Scone Palace in Scotland has offered to donate its oak trees to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris recently ravaged by fire, reports the Courier…

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