Archive for February, 2022

A splash of colour in a streetside garden – Chaenomeles or flowering quince

You can smell this from a great distance – the wonderful Sarcococca confusa or Christmas box

Another strongly-scented flower – Daphne in my own garden

A long-lasting winter favourite that always looks old-fashioned to me – Viburnum tinus in a streetside garden

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The husk of last year’s fruit on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park


Last week I made my first 2022 visit to the tree I have chosen to follow this year, a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I was a tiny bit concerned I wouldn’t recognise it in winter but I needn’t have worried.

It is the tallest tree in this part of the park and I remembered it was near the bandstand. (more…)

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Winter street trees in Cardiff – horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)


Another month has passed and here we are with the February tree-following get-together. If you are an existing follower I do hope you will continue in 2022 but new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us. Some of us chose a new tree in January, some may leave it until spring, but any time of year is fine.

I hope to visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park this week, although I haven’t been out of the house very much in the last month, mainly busily working from home or spending my days off spring cleaning. Hence the lack of blog posts, too. I try for one post a week but have failed miserably so far in 2022.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on February 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

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