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Linden flowers on the tree beside the Wharf in July

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It’s mid July and here in Cardiff many of us are hoping for some rain for the garden and cooler days and nights so that we can catch up on our sleep. We have had hot and dry weather for weeks now, with temperatures hitting 32 degrees Celsius, and we are not used to it.

On the day I walked beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) to visit the linden tree (Tilia) it was the only overcast day we have had in ages – and we even had some very light rain that lunchtime.

I think I must have missed most of the flowers, which have opened and disappeared since my last visit a month ago. But I did manage to spot a few. (more…)

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Fresh cone-like female catkins of alder (Alnus glutinosa) beside the water in early July

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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.

Here in Cardiff we have had several weeks of very hot, dry weather, sometimes reaching 30 degrees Celsius or more – unusual for Wales. I wonder what the weather is like in your part of the world… (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.

Climate change is wiping out Africa’s ‘tree of life’

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Baobab trees are a scientific wonder, once capable of living for thousands of years, but now becoming an endangered species, fears the Guardian…

Mystery of Poland’s ‘Crooked Forest’

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Deep in the woods of the West Pomerania region of Poland, an entire section of trees bends at sharp angles near their bases, forming an odd and entrancing phenomenon, reports Science Alert…

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Buds of linden, June 5, 2018

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It’s mid June and here in Cardiff the weather is living up to its summer promise, with many scorching-hot sunny days. But there is still a cooling north-easterly wind most days as I walk beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock). And all at once the linden tree (Tilia) I am following is full of green flower buds.

Actually I thought they were the fruits, but as this tree seems to be running later than others I have seen, the flower buds have yet to open and the fruits will come later. I hope so, or else I have completely missed them!

To paraphrase Wikipedia, the small yellow-green hermaphrodite flowers of Tilia cordata are produced in clusters of five to 11 in early summer with a leafy yellow-green subtending bract and have a rich, heavy scent; the trees are much visited by bees to the erect flowers, held above the bract; this arrangement is different from that of the common lime Tilia × europaea where the flowers are held beneath the bract. (more…)

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Young ash leaves (Fraxinus excelsior) in early June

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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.

Summer has come at last to Cardiff, although the clear skies and hot sun are sometimes accompanied by a refreshing north-easterly breeze. I wonder how the seasons are changing where you are in the world…

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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!

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