Archive for September, 2018


Red leaves on a shrub beside the Wharf in Cardiff Bay – my first thought is Viburnum bodnantense but I really don’t know…

During my monthly walk around the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay on September 4 I saw plenty of colourful leaves and flowers as well as the seeds and berries featured in my previous blog post. Here are some of the pictures I took… (more…)

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Firethorn (Pyracantha) berries beside the Wharf in early September

During my monthly walk around the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay on September 4 I was surprised to find how far advanced Autumn was, with many seeds and berries on both the wild plants and cultivated shrubs. Here are some of the pictures I took… (more…)

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Shades of autumn gold beneath the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata)


Autumn is on its way here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is starting to show some autumn colour.

This month, knowing I would have to take a detour, as the developers of the apartments/flats alongside the Wharf have blocked off the footpath, I went around the water in an anticlockwise direction for a change, meaning the detour came at the end. (more…)

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Seed balls of sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) in Cardiff Bay this week


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.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Here in Cardiff summer seems to be over, with the weeks of hot drought followed by heavy rain now giving way to chillier mornings and cloudier days. For once autumn is starting on time here, with many street trees starting to change colour and seeds and berries everywhere.


This is the sweetgum whose seed balls are shown in the picture at the top of this post – a similar, older sweetgum in my own garden has never borne fruit

Our ranks of tree followers are growing all the time, so why not join them next time? 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.

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

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – so many quinces

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

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on October 7!

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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.

The urban migration of China’s rural trees


With great pictures on the Hyperallergic website, photographer Yan Wang Preston documents the big business of relocating mature rural trees to the new urban centres of China…

The great African regreening


Millions of ‘magical’ gao trees are being nurtured in Niger, says the Guardian…


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