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Three trees I am thinking of following in 2019

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The time has come to choose a new tree to follow during 2019. I know some other tree followers are also making their decision in January. When the trees are dormant it seems a reasonable time to pick one – although not always a good time to recognise its species.

At this point I must say thank you once again to Lucy Corrander, formerly of Dorset and now living in Halifax, who introduced me to tree following five years ago. She is in hospital being treated for a serious illness as the moment, so I wish her well.

For the first three years certain Cardiff trees reached out to me and I never regretted following them. These were a hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields, an empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) in Bute Park and an oak (Quercus robur) in Thompson’s Park. (more…)

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A very small Christmas tree in a garden in Cardiff Bay

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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.

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

It’s not like a new year resolution. you can start at any time. So 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.

January took me by surprise – so I must apologise for being 12 hours or so late when I first published this post. You know how it is after Christmas and New Year – I had completely forgotten the date and even the day of the week!

Some tree followers have already chosen their subject for 2019, while some are at the shortlist stage. Here are the links…

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspen

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince – the quiet one

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

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – looking for a new tree

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – in search of a tree

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the shortlist

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again on February 7 – and maybe some new converts?

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The branches of the linden tree beside The Wharf in Cardiff Bay in February this year

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Every year I put together a round-up of images of the seasons of the tree I am following, but sometimes I do this in December and sometimes January.

This time I am choosing December as the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) I am following beside The Wharf in Cardiff Bay has shut down for winter and in January it will be time to move on and consider another tree to visit during 2019.

I’m not sure the linden I have followed has been as spectacular as my previous choices, listed at the end of this blog post, but this species is so common on the streets of Cardiff that it merited some attention.

For the record, here are some of my images from 2018… (more…)

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The weather has been so depressing that I haven’t taken my camera out for a walk for weeks – so this is an iPhone picture of wet beech leaves outside my office, which I took yesterday

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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.

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

In Cardiff it seems we have had nothing but miserable rain for weeks and as I don’t drive a car I am growing tired of standing around at wet bus stops.

I’m not sure which is worse, the light horizontal rain that gets under your umbrella or the heavy rain with gale-force winds which mean you can’t use an umbrella anyway. I wonder what the weather is like where you are and how your tree is looking?

For some people it is time to consider what tree you will follow in 2019. I have drawn up my own shortlist and I know some of you have already chosen your subject.

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 – goodbye to the bird cherry and hello to next year’s tree

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince in December

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) – “Trees know when history begins”

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

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

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

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Not quite tree following but welcome anyway:

Jaipur Garden in India – colourful flowers enjoy the unexpected chill

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on January 7 – a whole new year – oh my!

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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.

Wanaka tree is star of Instagram

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A partially submerged willow tree standing alone in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, has become an Instagram celebrity – See The South Island finds out what all the fuss is about…

Picture contest celebrates oaks

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Check out all the winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Action Oak competition. This is Oak Sunrise by Alan Price…

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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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