There doesn’t seem to have been much change this month in the tree I am following in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff. Or are the buds plumper than they were?
I am pretty sure it is an oak (Quercus) of some sort (there are many sorts) and this has been reinforced by a comment from Maria at Leafencounter, who said: “I learned a shortcut to winter plant ID a few years ago – only cherries and oaks have terminal clustered buds.”
That seems excellent advice and I have since identified a few cherry trees using this as a rough guide.
With the mild wet weather for most of the winter I had expected slightly more indicators of spring, but after all the bulbs flowered a few weeks ago we have had a colder snap and although there were early signs of cherry blossom the trees now seem to have had second thoughts.
On my latest visit to Thompson’s Park the gardeners were busy draining the duck pond and cleaning it, as well as pruning the plants around its edge.
I know Annie at Earthstar saw the pigeons on the willow when she visited this park recently, but to me “my” tree is still “the pigeon tree” whenever I see it…
I wonder how long I will wait for some green leaves? The saying goes: “Oak before ash we’re in for a splash; ash before oak we’re in for a soak” – I see both species, so I wonder which will be first into leaf this year…
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