Archive for June, 2021

The bandstand in Victoria park, Cardiff, in June 2021

Once again I took some general views of Victoria Park when I went this month to visit the Lombardy poplar I am following.

April in Cardiff was dry, May was wet and June has been changeable. But it’s good for the garden. What is also good is that our council Parks department staff have been in everyday non-emergency action again. Since last month they have cleared out all the dead tulips and fancy daisies (Bellis perennis ‘Bellissima’?) and the flower beds are ready for summer bedding plants. They will probably be a bit late but everyone here thinks summer is late this year anyway, because of a cold and wet May.

Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Green leaves and dead leaves of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in June


The first half of June has been changeable here in Cardiff. We have had cool days and warm days, damp days and sunny. All this has been good for nature and gardens.

There was a strong breeze as I set out to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week, but the clouds were clearing.

On this visit the poplar was looking green but I did spot some small damage from gales towards the end of May. Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Leaves at the top of the Liquidambar tree in my garden, seen from an upstairs window


It’s that time again for the monthly tree-following link box, which will stay open for your tree-related links until 7pm GMT on June 14.

It’s hard to believe we are nearly at midsummer already. Dawn is earlier every day and I am not looking forward to the long slide into winter that begins after the solstice.

While April was very dry, May in South Wales has given us plenty of rain – while still rewarding us – and the plants – with quite a bit of sunshine, too.

For the first time in years my husband is enjoying the garden again, having been housebound for a long time before he had his hip replacement – which is now six months old.

Later in the week I hope to visit the Lombardy poplar tree I am monitoring in Victoria Park, not too far from home, but I wonder what the rest of you tree followers are up to?

I’m sure you will have something new to report. Any tree-related post is acceptable from contributors old and new.

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Grey squirrel eating mahonia berries in my garden

We have three grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in our back garden – occasionally four. I tolerate them. I even let them eat the slab of bird fat I dangle from the bird table, knowing they won’t attack the squirrel-proof tube of small fat pellets nearby – for birds only.

I don’t mind them eating the mahonia berries, although I am surprised they are brave enough to climb the very prickly leaves. There are enough berries for all. (more…)

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