Archive for July, 2021

Everywhere in Victoria Park this month were daisy-type flowers – this was in the narrow bed near the ice-cream shack and I think it is a beautiful Rudbeckia

Another month, another view of Victoria Park in Cardiff. In June all the flower beds were bare with brown earth ready to be planted. Just a month later they are full of colour. Here are my latest snaps…

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Young leaves growing from the trunk of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in July


For a moment there I thought I was going to miss my own deadline. There has been so much rain over the last couple of weeks that I didn’t make it to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park until yesterday.

It was the first dry day for ages and heralded what we are told will be a mini heatwave here in South Wales.

On this visit the poplar hadn’t changed very much from the previous month – such is the way of things once we reach summer. So I was left scrabbling around to find details to photograph.

Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Sturdy leaves of a wild cherry tree I treated as a weed for years before planting it up as a reasonably attractive feature in a pot


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 July 14.

Here in South Wales the last month had a dry spell when I feared I would have to water the garden, followed by torrential rain and strong winds this last week.

If the weather eases off 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.

Point to the post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

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

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A local landmark #1: The Conway Road Methodist Church, built in 1871

Once again I am signing up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards – the first monthly link-up is here.

I am still working from home and have no need to travel more than a mile or two, so my scope is again rather limited. I am also lacking in imagination at the moment so have not made a particularly good start to the hunt in June, but here are my offerings… (more…)

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