Archive for August, 2020

Something with four sides: A big Dorset Knob biscuit tin from a holiday trip – now very useful as a storage box…

Earlier in the year I signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. During this coronavirus lockdown it has been a challenge to find the items, mostly indoors. Here is my third selection… (more…)

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Here is another (not-quite) monthly 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.

Making the most of a tree epidemic

Cornell University researchers in upstate New York aim to upcycle decaying ash trees into usable building structures, facades and smart furniture, reports The Conversation…

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

The UK Save the Oaks campaign has united communities with coppicing experts and woodland ecologists to rescue tens of thousands of oak saplings from destruction, reports the Ecologist…


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Red-dipped Parrotia persica leaves in the garden in August


As I write this we are in the middle of a spell of thunderstorms and heavy rain in South Wales, but on the day I took these pictures of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) we were well into an intense heatwave and I thought I was going to have to water the garden.

There was not much new to see this month but the pretty red-dipped leaves are still attractive, peeping out from the sycamore tree that, as I have said before, heavily overshadows the ironwood. Despite that, the hardy little tree is surviving well. (more…)

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Green acorns in the rain in a Cardiff park this week


The tree-following link box has closed for another month. I can’t believe it’s August already – my mind is still stuck back in March when the Covid-19 lockdown started. Here in South Wales we have had sunshine and rain – but at least it means we haven’t had to water the plants.

Any tree-related post is acceptable in these lock-down times and everyone has found something interesting to say. You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Crafty Green Poet – Juliet in Edinburgh, Scotland – horse chestnut

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix fragilis

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – those quinces are looking juicy…

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) in LaBonte Park

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – Persian ironwood in August

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in August. Why not join us next time? Just 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. Although we all try to publish our tree followings every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you in September…

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Something that holds your favourite beverage: Wine glass for chilled rosé wine mixed with elderflower pressé…

Last month I signed up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – details here. During this coronavirus lockdown I have again not strayed far from the house and garden. Here is my second attempt… (more…)

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