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Red flowers in the Bute Park herbaceous border on May 7 – beautiful but I can’t quite identify them – any ideas? …thanks to Elaine Rickett for suggesting it’s Geum

When I go to Cardiff’s Bute Park to visit the tree I am “following”, I usually walk back along the herbaceous borders. I always admire them, as it is such a traditional British idea, having permanent plantings of perennials that are mostly at their best in the warmer months, dying back to bare soil in winter when we all stay indoors. Here are some pictures of the borders coming back to life in spring. Sorry I haven’t taken a general view yet – maybe next time!
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Fallen bud of Paulownia tomentosa

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For weeks I have been visiting the Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree) in Bute Park, Cardiff, in the hope of seeing the flowers come into bloom. This is all part of the tree following project of Lucy Corrander over at the Loose and Leafy blog.

When I visited on April 24 I was disappointed again, until my eyes adjusted to the light and I zoomed in on the branches, all very high up on this particular tree…
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Hippeastrum Red Lion with crown imperial fritillaries at Cardiff RHS Show, 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Cardiff Show in Bute Park was better than ever this year. We went on the Sunday, which was a sunny but cool day, and here are a few things that took my fancy… (more…)

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Primulas and hyacinths in a Bute Park flower bed, late March 2015

Although I mainly go to Bute Park in Cardiff to see the trees, at this time of year there are also lots of flowers. Some are spring flowers, such as daffodils and primroses. Some are late winter shrubs like Camellias, still in bloom. And then there are the wonderful magnolias, just starting to flower.

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Black cat in the garden, looking suspicious…

The month of March in the garden is a time of change as we step from Winter into Spring. But I have been out and about in city parks so much lately that I haven’t really done justice to pictures of my own scruffy wildlife garden. But here is my record of the month.

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Icicles hang over the stone arch in this view from the Cloister Garden to the pool at Aberglasney

We love visiting Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire and it’s a bonus when the weather conditions are a bit out of the ordinary. A week ago, on probably the coldest day of winter so far, there was frost at dawn and to our delight it lasted all day, with the gardens glinting with icy diamonds everywhere. Here are some of my pictures – where I caption them “Mystery #1″ etc, I invite you to help me to identify the plants!

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Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) in Cardiff bus station, October 2010…

Sorry to disappoint you if you thought this was going to be about the famous Sean Connery film in which he portrays a Russian submarine commander with a splendid Scottish accent…

No, this is just a post about the lack of red leaves in nature this autumn, compared to previous years. For example, look at those leaves at the top of this post. Here is the same tree this year…

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Scarlet oak in October 2014


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