Close-up of a carousel horse in Cardiff Bay

This summer the “beach” and funfair has returned to Cardiff Bay’s Oval Basin – also known as Roald Dahl Plass. I looked in on it as I returned to the office from lunch one day last week. It seems to attract families and there is a small enclosed pool like a mini lido on the seaward side of the funfair. I’m not sure I saw a lot of sand, which would in any case have had to be shipped in for the event.
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Seed ball of (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia)


I seem to remember that last month, during a heatwave, I said “Please let it rain”. Be careful what you wish for!

In the last few weeks here in Cardiff we have had very changeable weather, with thundery and torrential rain, gale-force winds and sunny spells in between.

It all seems to have benefited the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. The tree is looking lush and green in the height of so-called summer. Continue Reading »

Seeds of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) on a dead branch in my garden


The tree-following link box has now closed for another month.

Here in Wales we have had the hottest day of the year so far, hitting 31C on July 23, followed by severe thunderstorms.

In Cardiff we have been luckier than those in the north of England, where storms a week later washed away a road bridge in the Yorkshire Dales and damaged a dam in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Firstly here’s a welcome return to tree following for my linkbox predecessor:

Lucy – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – trees in a tree

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Anni Kelsey in Shropshire – summer trees

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

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Russian hawthorns

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – flowering dogwood

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – suckers

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

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

And here’s a little extra suggested by JayP:

You might be interested in this link to an artist called Kurt Jackson, who has been following a particular thorn tree for the last year. He has an exhibition of the work he made and it is on until 17th August, in St Just in far West Cornwall.

Thanks for that 🙂

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 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.

Monsieur Plant makes tree hugging an art

Botanical artist Christophe Guinet — known as Monsieur Plant — has installed a ‘human-vegetable’ work entitled Tree Hug in Annecy, France, reports Design Boom…

House made of cork is shortlisted for prize

Shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling prize, a house in Eton, UK, at the vanguard of ‘corkitecture’ is broadening ideas of sustainable construction, says The Guardian…

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Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on the Wharf in July

Last year I walked around the Wharf (former Bute East Dock) in Cardiff Bay almost every month, but in this my second year working at County Hall I am only an occasional visitor. This is partly because I am no longer following a tree beside the Wharf and also because I fear I will not find anything new this second time around.

I needn’t have worried. The view is constantly changing – although mainly because of construction work rather than the plants I see. Here are the images from my latest visit, in early July… Continue Reading »

Big wheel in Cardiff Bay at the moment

One of the features of Cardiff’s Mermaid Quay in the summer is this big wheel, giving views over Cardiff Bay. It’s not really that big, but I decided one lunchtime that I would take my camera and have a mini adventure. It was three rotations for £4 so didn’t take long.

View from the top of the big wheel – the Wales Millennium Centre and the Pierhead Building. At this time a couple of weeks ago the Oval Basin (Roald Dahl Plass) was being prepared with stalls for the Cardiff Bay Food Festival

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Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
(The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City)


After cool and wet weather last month, we have had a heatwave for a few weeks here in Cardiff and one day, for the first time, I noticed the bright dappled shadow of the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay.

The tree itself has not changed much in the last month but I have noticed the new Greek street food cafe beneath it has been open during the day on a few occasions, particularly when we had a three-day food festival in the nearby Roald Dahl Plass. Continue Reading »