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Juvenile great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

In May and June there have been plenty of baby birds in the garden and I have been trying to capture them. Mostly I have been disappointed. My pictures are rubbish, really. But I felt I wanted to share them just to prove the variety of species we have breeding in our backyard.

The first spot of the year was (more…)

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Davidia involucrata in Bute Park, Cardiff, May 8, 2015

These three trees crept up on me during my wanderings in May. In each case I had been looking for something else, or not looking at all, when I turned my head slightly and there they were in all their green and white glory. None of them are native trees. Two of them were in Bute Park and one on the street…

First up is a species I know, although (more…)

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A busy bee in the herbaceous borders of Bute Park, Cardiff, on May 21

I am now being swamped by the flowers bursting out of the herbaceous borders of Bute Park in Cardiff, so I’d better give another update before they get totally out of control. When I reported on April and early May it was all tulips and a few other splashes of colour, but now (more…)

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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.

Here are (more…)

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