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Fallen bud of Paulownia tomentosa

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For weeks I have been visiting the Paulownia tomentosa (empress tree) in Bute Park, Cardiff, in the hope of seeing the flowers come into bloom. This is all part of the tree following project of Lucy Corrander over at the Loose and Leafy blog.

When I visited on April 24 I was disappointed again, until my eyes adjusted to the light and I zoomed in on the branches, all very high up on this particular tree…
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No flowers yet on the empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa)

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I was really hoping this time that the empress tree in Bute Park, Cardiff, would be showing off her purple foxglove-like blooms. But nothing.

On my third 2015 visit for Lucy Corrander’s Loose and Leafy tree following project I went to the park on the afternoon of March 26.

As the magnolias and cherry trees were now more or less in bloom, I thought the Paulownia tomentosa would also be one of those early spring flowerers, but no, so instead I had to make do with wandering around beneath the tree to see what I could find. (more…)

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Don’t look at the sun! 2015 eclipse through a tree – there will be lots of trees in this blog post!

I know it’s all so “yesterday” (or the day before yesterday), but Friday was an eclipse day here in the UK. The solar eclipse wasn’t total here in Cardiff, but we would get something like 85% coverage.

During the last good eclipse here, in August 1999, I watched from the office window, using special viewers, but this time I wanted to do it differently and I had a few plans. (more…)

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London plane trees (Platanus x hispanica) in Bute Park, Cardiff

Spring is on its way, but in Bute Park, Cardiff, there are signs of death and decay as well as signs of new life and growth. (more…)

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The empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) in Bute Park, Cardiff

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This is the second post from the empress tree in Bute Park, Cardiff, as part of the brilliant Loose and Leafy tree-following project organised by Lucy Corrander.

I probably gave away too much historical information about the Paulownia tomentosa species in my first post, so this time I am just inspecting the Cardiff tree, planted in the 1950s, more closely to see what I can find before it bursts into flowery and leafy life in Spring. (more…)

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Any guesses about the species yet?

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After much wandering in Cardiff’s Bute Park Arboretum (see my last post), I’ve decided on my tree to follow for 2015 as part of Lucy Corrander’s Loose and Leafy project.

It’s one I hadn’t seen before. It’s not a native tree, and the crown is very high so I may need to do a lot of zooming in with my camera, but it is a champion among trees, or so it says on the label kindly put there by the arboretum people…

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A London plane (Platanus x hispanica) in Bute Park, Cardiff, in January

Last year I kept track of a hornbeam in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, as part of Lucy Corrander’s wonderful tree following project, revisiting it every month and totally falling in love with the specimen that chose me. In January I have been searching for a new tree for 2015.

While Llandaff Fields are full of more-or-less native species, the Bute Park Arboretum in the centre of Cardiff, behind the castle, has many exotics alongside some champion native trees. I decided to explore, as I don’t know the park very well at all.

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