Archive for April, 2022

This lovely golden Kalanchoe on the kitchen windowsill brightens my spirits when I am washing up the dishes…

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Fresh growth on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park


After a recent cold snap with hailstorms the weather is getting warmer here in South Wales.

Of course that means it is slightly damper and it started to drizzle when I arrived at Cardiff’s Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

I was delighted to find the tree now had a distinct green tinge.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… (more…)

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Something a bit different this time – the colourful trunk of a palm tree in a neighbour’s garden


It’s time for the April 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.

Spring is on the way in the northern hemisphere so it’s an ideal time to choose a tree to follow, if you haven’t already.

We had some warmer weather here in South Wales in March but April has begun with colder, wetter days and even some hail and snow.

I hope to visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park this week and, now it’s Spring I must see what other parks have to offer, too.

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 April 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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The Churchill College ladies’ eight in winter 1973 – that’s me in the front row on the right, during my first term at Cambridge University…

Today is the traditional Varsity Boat Race on the Thames in London, between Oxford University and Cambridge University, about which I am always nostalgic, although I have never been there to see it. There is a preview, from the point of view of Cambridge, here…

The first men’s race was in 1829 but nowadays there are four races – men’s and women’s plus the reserve crew races between Isis (Oxford) and Goldie (Cambridge) for the men and Osiris and Blondie for the women. (more…)

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