Archive for January, 2023

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the garden today

I forgot that we had snowdrops in the garden but they were revealed yesterday after we cleared away fallen twigs and debris following winter wind and rain.

We now have four clumps, all apparently spread by seeds from the original group.

A bit out of focus, but there were soft raindrops on the flowers after earlier drizzle

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This knitted snowman was possibly part of a winter trail for the youngsters in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

A couple of weeks ago I visited Llandaff Fields for a walk for the first time in several years – since the Covid-19 lockdown, I guess. Here are my photos… (more…)

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My new tree to follow – a sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, with a dog walker on the right for scale


Happy New Year! It’s time for me to choose a new tree to follow in 2023 – although I know some tree followers plump for a new subject in Spring when nature starts waking up again.

i have decided on a tree even closer to my Cardiff home than last year’s. That tulip tree in Victoria Park took me 20 to 30 minutes to reach on foot, while this one takes about 10 minutes – and only five minutes to reach a point where I can see it from the road.

As revealed in the photo above, I have selected a sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) in Llandaff Fields. In America this would be called a sycamore maple but in the UK it’s simply a sycamore. (more…)

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Pine trees and others in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff


Welcome to the first tree-following gathering of 2023. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. Newcomers are always welcome and I hope some of the usual followers might be thinking about their next tree already.

Here in South Wales, January has started with mostly damp weather, although there have been a few sunnier breaks as the days lengthen.

I have now rounded up my year of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park and will introduce my new tree next week.

I’m sure you regular tree followers will have something 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 January 14.

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

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The bare tulip tree in February 2022


I will soon be starting to follow a new tree so it’s time to look back on 2022, the year of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

For the record, all my tulip tree posts can be found here.

These are some of my photos taken from winter through spring, summer and autumn to winter again… (more…)

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