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One of very few yellow leaves fallen from the 100 elm trees in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff

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I really shouldn’t be disappointed, but I was hoping for a hint of fall colour in the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields this month. After all, September is officially the start of autumn, according to the weather people.

The trees may still be as green and lush as ever, but the weather has definitely become more “back-end-ish” as the daylight hours grow shorter. The summer never did come to anything, the rain continues and now it’s getting colder, too.

There’s that distinctive something in the air that inspires nostalgia for childhood and renewed ambitions to cuddle up and do something creative. (more…)

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Sunlight through leaves of my moon maple, Acer shirasawanum aureum, this week

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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.

Why don’t you join us and follow a tree, too? You can start at any time and you don’t have to contribute every month if that’s too much of a commitment for you.

The summer continued to be wet and cool here in Cardiff, but now it’s officially autumn. As usual the trees are changing colour in a piecemeal sort of way. The small moon maple in my garden seems to be turning to gold gently this year, as pictured above. I have blogged about it before, here.

Autumn is a good time to start following a tree, or to revisit a tree you didn’t have time for over the summer holidays. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

And without further ado, here are this month’s links…

Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – visiting her old friend the pussy willow)

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Flighty’s Plot – Mike’s dogwood (Cornus) and Liz’s tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Pat – Squirrelbasket – 100 elm trees

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on October 7.

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

They call it ‘crown shyness’

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Tree tops avoid touching and create the appearance of winding rivers in this collection of stunning images on Mail Online…

Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca, says EU report

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The Spanish island of Mallorca could be virtually razed of vegetation under an EU plan to halt the march of a deadly bacteria known as ‘ebola of the olive’, reports the Telegraph…

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Fresh growth on one of the 100 elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff

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A month ago we were coming to the end of a mini-heatwave, but now I can hardly remember a day without rain this summer. It’s very cool for August, too.

I visited the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields one morning this week and drizzle was threatening.

The recent wet weather means the elms are looking as green as ever and not much has changed since last month. (more…)

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Dead branches on a sycamore in my garden

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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.

Why don’t you join us and follow a tree, too? You can start at any time and you don’t have to contribute every month if that’s too much of a commitment for you.

Here in Cardiff there have been very heavy showers for a few weeks and it’s hard to believe it’s the height of summer. But at least it’s good for the garden. That means the dead branches I can see on a self-seeded sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) in the garden are nothing to do with drought. (more…)

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

Wildfires ravage south of France

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Southern areas of France have been ravaged by wildfire over the past few days and Business Insider has some spectacular pictures…

Golf trophy made from Game of Thrones trees

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This year’s Northern Ireland Open trophy has been made from trees from the famous Dark Hedges in Ballymoney blown down in a storm early last year, says BBC Sport…

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Elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, on July 10

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This month for a change I visited the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields in the early evening, having usually made it a morning date.

This was after a few weeks of very dry, sunny weather, so I was pleased to see that the trees were all still very green and healthy.

Over the next 24 hours we had thoroughly soaking rain, so hopefully that has also topped up their resources. (more…)

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