Archive for April, 2018

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.

One man’s arboreal picture quest


New York photographer Brian Kelley is on a mission to chronicle the champion trees of the USA, reports Atlas Obscura…

Korean leaders plant a tree for peace


Xinhua reports on a commemorative event to plant a pine tree, hoping for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula…


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I think this beauty is a Scilla peruviana – on the Harts Nursery stand at Cardiff Show – they specialise in all sorts of lily bulbs (www.hartsnursery.co.uk)

We usually go to the annual Cardiff RHS Flower Show and this year it was from April 13 to April 15 in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. I thoroughly enjoyed it – especially as I had felt so low last year after being made redundant that I couldn’t even be bothered to take pictures.

This time I took my camera again and here are some of my favourite things… (more…)

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A few yards from my linden tree on the Wharf is this sign – which suggests you mustn’t run off with a fish under your arm or cook and eat one here


Well, spring has officially arrived, but the weather in Cardiff is still a little chilly and sometimes wet.

Better temperatures are promised but for now my linden tree (Tilia) alongside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) seems stuck in late winter. There is no sign of the buds opening yet.

When I visited this week I found it impossible to get right up close to take pictures as there were anglers parked alongside it. (more…)

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An impressive but unidentified tree in front of Cardiff’s County Hall, where I now work – I suspect it could be a birch but only spring and summer will reveal all…


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.

It is still unseasonably chilly here in South Wales and signs of spring are patchy, but we are told the weather is turning milder and we hope we have seen the end of the late snow. Best of all, I heard the first chiff-chaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in the garden on Monday, April 9.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

This first one came in a bit late, but Lucy used to run the tree-following link box and her tree is super, so I forgive her…
Loose and Leafy in Halifax – alder

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – possibly a maple

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut and Mike’s medlars

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Andrew – Botany in Birmingham – magnolia

See you all again on May 7!

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the idea here.

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