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Leaves of the linden (Tilia) beside the Wharf in Cardiff Bay on April 26

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It’s mid May but here in Cardiff the weather is still a little chilly and changeable. But we have had a couple of hot, sunny days here and there and these have urged the linden tree (Tilia) beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) to sprout its greenery at last.

I knew this would happen so I have visited twice this month as I didn’t want to miss anything. In the space of a few weeks the red leaf buds have fully opened and the tree is now clad in green.

Here are some pictures comparing April 26 and May 8… (more…)

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I have now managed to identify the mystery tree in front of County Hall, which at first I thought was a birch…

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

Spring has arrived at last in South Wales and mystery trees I had met in winter are suddenly identifiable as their leaves emerge.

I hope the weather has been warming up where you are, too.

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…I know only two trees with white-backed leaves – one is the whitebeam (Sorbus aria) but this one in front of County Hall is definitely the white poplar (Populus alba). also known as the abele

The white poplar also featured in a blog post back in 2014: Poole Park: Beyond the silver tree…

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

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – maple

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

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry -and the changing seasons

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Flighty’s Plot – Mike’s medlars

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

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

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the idea here.

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Alder leaves (‎Alnus glutinosa) against a backdrop of the silky waters of the Wharf

The catkins are dying away now and the leaves are sprouting on the shrubby waterside trees around the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) next to our office in Cardiff’s County Hall.

I went out for a walk at lunchtime on April 26 to take these pictures – and was pleased to find that my earlier identification of many of the species seems to have been correct. (more…)

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

One man’s arboreal picture quest

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New York photographer Brian Kelley is on a mission to chronicle the champion trees of the USA, reports Atlas Obscura…

Korean leaders plant a tree for peace

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Xinhua reports on a commemorative event to plant a pine tree, hoping for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula…

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A few yards from my linden tree on the Wharf is this sign – which suggests you mustn’t run off with a fish under your arm or cook and eat one here

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Well, spring has officially arrived, but the weather in Cardiff is still a little chilly and sometimes wet.

Better temperatures are promised but for now my linden tree (Tilia) alongside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) seems stuck in late winter. There is no sign of the buds opening yet.

When I visited this week I found it impossible to get right up close to take pictures as there were anglers parked alongside it. (more…)

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An impressive but unidentified tree in front of Cardiff’s County Hall, where I now work – I suspect it could be a birch but only spring and summer will reveal all…

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month.

To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

It is still unseasonably chilly here in South Wales and signs of spring are patchy, but we are told the weather is turning milder and we hope we have seen the end of the late snow. Best of all, I heard the first chiff-chaff (Phylloscopus collybita) in the garden on Monday, April 9.

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

STOP PRESS:
This first one came in a bit late, but Lucy used to run the tree-following link box and her tree is super, so I forgive her…
Loose and Leafy in Halifax – alder

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – possibly a maple

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut and Mike’s medlars

Annie – Cardiff – Acer mono

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

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Andrew – Botany in Birmingham – magnolia

See you all again on May 7!

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the idea here.

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Catkins of alder (Alnus glutinosa) on the Wharf – I love the way the water looks like silk

Several of my colleagues at work are suffering from hay fever at the moment, and I wonder if that is partly because of the pollen from alders and other catkin-producing trees around the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) next to our office in Cardiff’s County Hall.

I went out one lunchtime this week to take some pictures of the catkins and other early signs of spring. By the way, I expect you knew that the word catkin means “little cat” or kitten, because the inflorescence looks like a kitten’s tail. (more…)

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