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Seed ball of (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia)

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I seem to remember that last month, during a heatwave, I said “Please let it rain”. Be careful what you wish for!

In the last few weeks here in Cardiff we have had very changeable weather, with thundery and torrential rain, gale-force winds and sunny spells in between.

It all seems to have benefited the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. The tree is looking lush and green in the height of so-called summer. (more…)

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Seeds of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) on a dead branch in my garden

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

Here in Wales we have had the hottest day of the year so far, hitting 31C on July 23, followed by severe thunderstorms.

In Cardiff we have been luckier than those in the north of England, where storms a week later washed away a road bridge in the Yorkshire Dales and damaged a dam in the Peak District of Derbyshire.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Firstly here’s a welcome return to tree following for my linkbox predecessor:

Lucy – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – trees in a tree

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Anni Kelsey in Shropshire – summer trees

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Russian hawthorns

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – flowering dogwood

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – suckers

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

And here’s a little extra suggested by JayP:

You might be interested in this link to an artist called Kurt Jackson, who has been following a particular thorn tree for the last year. He has an exhibition of the work he made and it is on until 17th August, in St Just in far West Cornwall.

Thanks for that 🙂

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? 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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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.

Monsieur Plant makes tree hugging an art

Botanical artist Christophe Guinet — known as Monsieur Plant — has installed a ‘human-vegetable’ work entitled Tree Hug in Annecy, France, reports Design Boom…

House made of cork is shortlisted for prize

Shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling prize, a house in Eton, UK, at the vanguard of ‘corkitecture’ is broadening ideas of sustainable construction, says The Guardian…

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Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
(The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City)

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After cool and wet weather last month, we have had a heatwave for a few weeks here in Cardiff and one day, for the first time, I noticed the bright dappled shadow of the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay.

The tree itself has not changed much in the last month but I have noticed the new Greek street food cafe beneath it has been open during the day on a few occasions, particularly when we had a three-day food festival in the nearby Roald Dahl Plass. (more…)

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Alder (Alnus glutinosa) in July

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. After a cool June the jetstream has moved north to hold back the Arctic air and we have had a heatwave here in Cardiff.

For the first time I have had to unpack the expanding hose I bought too late last summer. The garden appreciated the thorough soaking, especially the container plants, and a young robin invited me to give it a gentle shower.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – one quince to rule them all

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – probably Russian Hawthorns

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

And we have a new tree follower this month:
JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – unidentified tree
Rapidly followed by:
JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – the tree identified

Welcome!

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? 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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The street food cafe under the plane in Mermaid Quay has changed hands – here it is being repainted on May 20

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Although the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, has changed little in the last month, nearby there is a lot going on.

Around the corner on Roald Dahl Plass (which used to be called the Oval Basin), from May 27 to June 1, there was the Urdd National Eisteddfod, a Welsh language youth festival of words and music. (more…)

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Green cherries in late May on one of the magnificent white-flowering trees around County Hall in Cardiff Bay

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. It’s very cool and wet for June here in Cardiff and I managed to visit my London plane in Mermaid Quay without getting my camera wet. You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? 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.

Here are the all-important links from this month’s tree followers…

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – still unknown! maybe it doesn’t matter

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – a game of two halves

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on July 7. Why not join us and follow a tree throughout the year? Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

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