Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category


Fallen chestnut tree in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, April 26

How will it end? This old horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, was felled by the gale we called Storm Imogen on February 8 (see my blog post here). But it doesn’t know it’s dead. I have been photographing it for the last couple of months as it came into leaf and flower as normal, despite being horizontal. (more…)

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Horse chestnut beside the river Taff

In the centre of Cardiff we are blessed with long paths alongside the River Taff and I walk along one of them at least once a week. I have been watching the trees as they have gradually come into leaf and have managed to make quite a few basic identifications. (more…)

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Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Don’t just hug it – climb it


Jack Cooke shares his love of urban tree climbing in The Guardian…

Pretty in pink


Spectacular pictures of cherry blossom time in Japan and South Korea on Mail Online…


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First leaves on the oak in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, April 8, 2016


At last a little leaf has confirmed that my “pigeon tree” in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park is an oak. I delayed publishing this update until I had seen that sign, as I didn’t want to miss it – like your baby’s first steps!

When I previously visited on March 31 I thought the tree hadn’t changed at all in the last month. Although when I looked closer at the pictures I had taken in bright sunlight I realised I was wrong. Something was going on. The buds that were tight and closed and brown last month were now stretching and showing gold and light green colouration. (more…)

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New leaves and flowers of horse chestnut in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, a few days ago


Here we are again with the monthly meeting for tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

The link box for contributors is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links from all the wonderful people who took part this month.

In Cardiff it is definitely spring, with lots of new growth, but I wonder what the weather is like where you are – do some of you still have snow?

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Big trees in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in early March

For a few years now I have had the ambition of identifying trees in winter, when they have no leaves so other means are needed. I think I am now getting somewhere. For starters, here are five major “native” trees in Thompson’s Park, Canton, Cardiff, a park I have adopted to study for the year. I also draw some similarities with trees seen previously in other parks. (more…)

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Collared doves smooching in the garden last week

There was one day last week when I noticed the birds were going around in lovey-dovey pairs and those that weren’t were picking up home-making materials. (more…)

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