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Fruits on a young hornbeam tree (Carpinus betulus) outside Cardiff and Vale College in Dumballs Road, Cardiff

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The monthly 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 it has been sunny for a few weeks with the occasional day of light, drizzly rain and, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently spending a lot of time in a different part of Cardiff, studying for a month at Cardiff and Vale College in Dumballs Road, in the Bay area. (more…)

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A field of tents beyond the row of elms in Pontcanna Fields

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The 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields saw a different background in early June, as soccer’s European Champions League final came to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

In the game on June 3 Real Madrid beat Juventus by four goals to one, which was a bit disappointing and one-sided after all the build-up.

The whole city was affected and in expectation of a huge number of visitors a special campsite was set up in the fields, right beside the elm trees.
So of course I went to explore a few days before the match. (more…)

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Soldier beetle spotted on my monthly visit to the 100 elms (I guessed Rhagonycha fulva but Paul Seligman thinks it might be Cantharis livida – there are many ‘soldier beetles’) …

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The monthly tree-following link box has now closed for another month. Please explore everyone’s updates below.

Here in Cardiff June has started with cold, wet and windy weather after a hot, dry and sunny spell in May.

I have made my monthly visit to the 100 elm trees I am following in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields and shared a post, but here are a couple of pictures taken of a nearby maple tree. (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.

Thousand-year-old cedar is the new ivory

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Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world – the Smithsonian looks inside the $100bn market for stolen wood…

Incredible dream of sequoia skyscrapers

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Dezeen reports on a conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers to insert towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US…


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Young leaves of elm in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, in late April

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The 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, are growing greener as spring moves on towards summer and the leaves open out to their full extent.

They are rather delicate leaves at the moment but I expect they will later harden off and turn to a darker colour.

This monthly tree-following visit was on April 28, during a lengthy dry spell with quite cold north-easterly winds. (more…)

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Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in the garden, nibbling delicate sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) greenery

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The monthly tree-following link box has now closed for another month. Please explore everyone’s updates below.

Here in South Wales most of the trees are filling up with leaves, although some are quicker than others.

The horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) are already in glorious full bloom as well as full leaf, while the ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) are only just breaking into delicate leaf after their early wind-pollinated flowers have done their duty.

The oak (Quercus robur) seems to be ahead of the ash, so tradition says we are in for a “splash” this summer, rather than a “soak”. Certainly it has been very dry, cold and sometimes breezy for the last few weeks – no April showers as you would expect.

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 big a chore.
If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

And without further ado, here are those links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – after the frosts

Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) – plus a river in full flow and the return of some migratory birds

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – juniper tree on a volcanic “squeeze up” in New Mexico

Welcome to new follower Jozien and her Keeper of Wild Places blog – with soapberry and other plants of Canada’s Yukon region

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

Pat – Squirrelbasket – 100 elm trees

Amy in the Sonoran Desert (A Small Sunny Garden) –
Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica)

John Kingdon – The Rivendell Garden Blog – crab apple’s month of acceleration

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

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on June 7, and maybe some more newcomers, too!

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A very pink red campion (Silene dioica)

When I go to visit “my” 100 elm trees in Pontcanna Fields here in Cardiff, I am always tempted to walk on, cross Blackweir Bridge over the River Taff and keep going until I reach Bute Park and eventually the city centre.

I was last in this wild area in January and blogged about it here. Last week I visited again and the spring wildflowers were wonderful. I also think I found the purple maple tree I failed to locate back in the winter. (more…)

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