2017 tree following 2: Red flowers
March 12, 2017 by squirrelbasket
Red flowers on the 100 elms Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff
As I mentioned last month, this year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff. I visited on February 24 and was delighted to see there were plenty of little red flowers. They are apetalous – they have no petals – as they are wind pollinated and don’t need to be attractive to insects.
The flowers have both male and female structures (stamens and carpels), so they are hermaphroditic (other words are androgynous, monoclinous, synoecious).
I visited again this week but the flowers don’t seem to have moved on very much, so I will just share the pictures from a fortnight ago.
A hint of red on the branches
Signs of spring
The avenue looking towards the River Taff
Blackweir Bridge in the distance, with an old maple on the left and oak on the right
A closer look at the end of the avenue by Blackweir Bridge
A mass of elm branches
The red flowers are nothing much to look at…
…but it’s just wonderful to see spring breaking out
Looking across the avenue from the south west, with big old oaks and maples beyond
Looking across the avenue from the south east
Looking along the avenue away from the river, with an old maple on the left
You can just about see the modern red-brick housing of Pontcanna beyond the trees
Some of the trees have faces…
…this one is particularly green and mossy
Sadly some of the trunks have suffered damage…
…I don’t know if the damage is intentional or accidental
Lichen-covered twigs have been stripped off in high winds
I have seen so few elms in my adult life that I am quite excited to see what happens next…
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