Archive for April, 2016


Horse chestnut beside the river Taff

In the centre of Cardiff we are blessed with long paths alongside the River Taff and I walk along one of them at least once a week. I have been watching the trees as they have gradually come into leaf and have managed to make quite a few basic identifications. (more…)

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The Big Friendly Giant stood at the entrance to the Cardiff Flower Show – Roald Dahl came from Cardiff

We go every year to the Cardiff RHS Flower Show in Bute Park, so here are my images from last weekend. I didn’t find it as wonderful as in previous years, and didn’t snap everything as greedily, but that’s probably just because I now feel “I’ve seen it all before”. Oh dear… (more…)

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Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Don’t just hug it – climb it


Jack Cooke shares his love of urban tree climbing in The Guardian…

Pretty in pink


Spectacular pictures of cherry blossom time in Japan and South Korea on Mail Online…


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First leaves on the oak in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, April 8, 2016


At last a little leaf has confirmed that my “pigeon tree” in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park is an oak. I delayed publishing this update until I had seen that sign, as I didn’t want to miss it – like your baby’s first steps!

When I previously visited on March 31 I thought the tree hadn’t changed at all in the last month. Although when I looked closer at the pictures I had taken in bright sunlight I realised I was wrong. Something was going on. The buds that were tight and closed and brown last month were now stretching and showing gold and light green colouration. (more…)

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New leaves and flowers of horse chestnut in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, a few days ago


Here we are again with the monthly meeting for tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

The link box for contributors is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links from all the wonderful people who took part this month.

In Cardiff it is definitely spring, with lots of new growth, but I wonder what the weather is like where you are – do some of you still have snow?

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Celtic designs on an Irish dancing dress

That great show Riverdance is in Cardiff this week, at St David’s Hall for a couple of days as part of a tour to celebrate 21 years since the first performance. By chance it is now 21 years since I took these pictures of young people dancing in the Irish style in Kinsale, County Cork, in the summer of 1995, before the Riverdance phenomenon began in earnest. (more…)

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