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A very pink red campion (Silene dioica)

When I go to visit “my” 100 elm trees in Pontcanna Fields here in Cardiff, I am always tempted to walk on, cross Blackweir Bridge over the River Taff and keep going until I reach Bute Park and eventually the city centre.

I was last in this wild area in January and blogged about it here. Last week I visited again and the spring wildflowers were wonderful. I also think I found the purple maple tree I failed to locate back in the winter. (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.

Thames garden bridge scrapped by Sadiq Khan

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Common sense has prevailed over London’s idealistic Garden Bridge plan and £37m of public money must be repaid, says Oliver Wainwright for the Guardian…

Apple buys up all the trees

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Apple is buying so many trees for its new campus in California that there aren’t enough for anyone else, says Quartz…

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Beside the River Ebbw

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A footpath beside the River Ebbw in Maesglas

Here are my pictures from a lovely little lunchtime walk on a sunny April day beside the River Ebbw in Maesglas, on the western side of Newport. For those to whom the spelling looks strange, the letter W is a vowel in Welsh, so Ebbw is pronounced Ebb-oo.

The river’s two main tributaries – Ebbw Fawr (“big”) and Ebbw Fach (“small”) – rise in the Brecon Beacons. I’d better also mention that in Welsh the letter F sounds like the English V! The Fawr flows down the valley headed by Ebbw Vale while the Fach flows down the valley to the east headed by Brynmawr. (more…)

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The avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, in April

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This year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff.

When I visited just over a month ago there were little red flowers with no petals. Now these have disappeared and the trees are greening up with their pretty, slightly lopsided leaves.

These leaves are “alternate” (spiral, not exactly opposite each other), with simple, “doubly serrate” margins (meaning there are smaller serrations within the serrations), asymmetric at the base and “acuminate” (tapering) at the apex. (more…)

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The arrival of green leaves heralds the falling of these magnificent pink Magnolia soulangeana blooms in a front garden I walked past this week

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The April tree-following link box is now closed, but below are the links tree followers have shared this month.

Here in South Wales we are coming to the end of the pink and white cherry blossom season but most of the magnolias are still magnificent.

Some people have already chosen a new tree to follow – but spring is a great time for you to join us.

There’s no rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to contribute every single month if that’s too much for you.

If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

And without further ado, here are those links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – Sabalites powellii fossil

Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Amy in the Sonoran Desert (A Small Sunny Garden) –
Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica)

Mike – Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) and Flighty’s dogwood (Cornus)

John Kingdon – The Rivendell Garden Blog – bombed by crabs

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Pat – Squirrelbasket – elm leaves and fruit

April Hughes – fiddle tree – Liriodendron tulipifera

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on May 7!

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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.

Poems for the International Day of Forests

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For the International Day of Forests on March 21, The Metro published some poems and images of trees…

Mapped: Countries with the most trees

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Also coinciding with the International Day of Forests is this detailed survey of the countries with most trees, reported in the Telegraph…

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Red flowers on the 100 elms Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff

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As I mentioned last month, this year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff. I visited on February 24 and was delighted to see there were plenty of little red flowers. They are apetalous – they have no petals – as they are wind pollinated and don’t need to be attractive to insects.

The flowers have both male and female structures (stamens and carpels), so they are hermaphroditic (other words are androgynous, monoclinous, synoecious). (more…)

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