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Leaves of a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Bute Park 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.

There is a nip in the air and plenty of autumn colour here in Cardiff, but I don’t think it’s a classic year, as there has been too much wind and rain. Every tree finds its own pace. Some are still mostly green, some are already bare. (more…)

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The fallen ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) in my garden

I mentioned in the October tree-following link-box blog that the biggest ash tree in our garden had been felled by Storm Aileen on the night of September 12-13. After the tree surgeon came to inspect the damage I went to have a closer look at the fallen giant and spent half an hour “communing” with it and taking pictures.

It felt like I was stroking a beached whale as it died. (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.

The Great Green Wall of China

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Since 1978, China has planted at least 66 billion trees across its arid northern territories, hoping to transform its sandy steppes and yellow dunes into a Great Green Wall, according to Wired…

Undoing the Viking devastation of Iceland

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Thanks to Hollis for pointing out this one in the New York Times. A thousand years ago the Vikings razed all the forest in Iceland, but now the trees are being replanted…

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Autumn leaves on one of the elm trees

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Another month has passed and the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields still seem very green.

There are signs of autumn if you look for them – although not the glorious orange hues I had been hoping for.

Quite a few leaves have turned lemon yellow, but we have had a windy few weeks, so most of these leaves are already on the ground all around the elm avenue. (more…)

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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.

Autumn has started cool and wet here in Cardiff. As usual some trees have lost all their leaves already – such as the chestnuts and sycamores – and some appear unchanged.

On the night of September 12-13 Storm Aileen hit the UK. With 70mph winds it was nothing like as severe as the hurricanes that hit America and the Caribbean recently, but still warranted a name. (more…)

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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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