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The blue BayBus – a long bendy bus – heading down Lloyd George Avenue towards Cardiff Bay

It is now nearly a year since I started working in Cardiff Bay and every day my bus ride takes me down Lloyd George Avenue, a broad, mile-long road linking the city centre and the bay.

For many months I had been meaning to walk the tree-lined avenue but it is only now in autumn that I have finally made the effort – hoping to identify the trees before the last leaves fall and identification becomes difficult again.

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The red pin marks the middle of Lloyd George Avenue – click on the image to explore – with thanks to Google Maps

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The seasons turn – and this abandoned bicycle wheel among the fallen leaves of my little leaf linden (Tilia cordata) on The Wharf (former East Bute Dock) seems an appropriate image

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We are in late Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay has lost nearly all of its golden leaves, although in other parts of the city and on other trees, such as ash, maple and hornbeam, there is still a great deal of colour.

I took these pictures on November 3 during an overcast lunchtime in the middle of a spell of very wet weather last week, which will be continuing into next week.

This time my visit was not part of my long monthly circuit of the Wharf but just a quick foray specifically to visit the linden. (more…)

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Many leaf colours of a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff Bay in late October 2018

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Here in Cardiff we have had a mixture of weather in the last month, with one or two crisp, frosty mornings and many more days of rain. The worst weather came with Storm Callum in mid October, when there was flooding in Wales that even affected Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, where I work.

Meanwhile it has been a wonderful autumn for tree colour, with golds, oranges and reds everywhere.

I wonder what the weather is like where you are?

Our ranks of tree followers are growing all the time, so why not join them next time? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Annie and the Acer mono – Cardiff

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince Crumble

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and what’s nearby

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on December 7!

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Golden leaves on the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) beside the Wharf on October 3 – slightly speckled with brown damage and with a few leaves still green against the blue sky

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We are in the middle of Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is shedding its golden leaves.

I took these pictures on October 3 during a clear and cold spell, but this weekend we have been hit by the wind and rain of Storm Callum so I doubt if many leaves now remain.

This month I again walked anticlockwise around the Wharf and took distant views of my linden and its neighbours before I reached them. (more…)

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Delicate golden poplar leaves on a crisp Autumn day last week

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Here in Cardiff it is well and truly autumn, with colder nights and some mist and drizzle, but also many hours of clear blue sunshine. Trees such as the chestnuts and sycamore maples are nearly bare, other maples are red or gold, lindens are yellow but ash trees are still mainly maintaining their greenery.

Our ranks of tree followers are growing, so why not join them next time? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

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Deep red sweetgum leaves

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – the penultimate quince count

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – news of the boxelder (Acer negundo) and other exciting changes

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Andrew – Botany in Birmingham – magnolia

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on November 7!

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Shades of autumn gold beneath the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata)

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Autumn is on its way here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is starting to show some autumn colour.

This month, knowing I would have to take a detour, as the developers of the apartments/flats alongside the Wharf have blocked off the footpath, I went around the water in an anticlockwise direction for a change, meaning the detour came at the end. (more…)

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Seed balls of sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) in Cardiff Bay this week

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Here in Cardiff summer seems to be over, with the weeks of hot drought followed by heavy rain now giving way to chillier mornings and cloudier days. For once autumn is starting on time here, with many street trees starting to change colour and seeds and berries everywhere.

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This is the sweetgum whose seed balls are shown in the picture at the top of this post – a similar, older sweetgum in my own garden has never borne fruit

Our ranks of tree followers are growing all the time, so why not join them next time? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – so many quinces

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on October 7!

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