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New leaves and flowers of horse chestnut in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, a few days ago

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Here we are again with the monthly meeting for tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

The link box for contributors is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links from all the wonderful people who took part this month.

In Cardiff it is definitely spring, with lots of new growth, but I wonder what the weather is like where you are – do some of you still have snow?
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Big trees in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in early March

For a few years now I have had the ambition of identifying trees in winter, when they have no leaves so other means are needed. I think I am now getting somewhere. For starters, here are five major “native” trees in Thompson’s Park, Canton, Cardiff, a park I have adopted to study for the year. I also draw some similarities with trees seen previously in other parks. (more…)

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Last month’s round-up of tree news went down well, so here is another selection of articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Rare Australian bird farms manna from trees

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The New Scientist reports that the Tasmanian forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) deliberately encourages trees to release manna, a sugary crystallised sap…

Sales boom for Canadian 2016 cherry-blossom silver coin

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Seasonal spring blooms adorn a newly released Royal Canadian Mint coin that appears poised for a quick sellout…

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“Sticky buds” of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) start to open on the riverbank in Cardiff

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It’s that time again – for tree followers to get together for a monthly exchange of news. The Mister Linky link box is open from the 7am on the 7th to the 14th of each month. The link box is now closed but see everyone’s links at the end of this post.

If you are new to tree following, you can find out all about it here.

Here in mild South Wales there are a few signs of spring, although they are patchy. The horse chestnut buds on the banks of the river Taff are starting to open but in more exposed areas of Cardiff they are still firmly shut. (more…)

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Buds ready to pop, I hope, on my pigeon tree

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There doesn’t seem to have been much change this month in the tree I am following in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff. Or are the buds plumper than they were?

I am pretty sure it is an oak (Quercus) of some sort (there are many sorts) and this has been reinforced by a comment from Maria at Leafencounter, who said: “I learned a shortcut to winter plant ID a few years ago – only cherries and oaks have terminal clustered buds.”

That seems excellent advice and I have since identified a few cherry trees using this as a rough guide. (more…)

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Joyance by Sir William Goscombe John – a (replica) statue in the Thompson’s Park pond

I have taken so many pictures of Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park lately that it’s time I shared some general views, before spring starts properly and I am overcome by new flowers and green growth.

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A tree felled by Storm Imogen in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, last week

I still have so many happy images to share of Thompson’s Park in Cardiff, but when I visited last week, on the day after Storm Imogen, the tree damage claimed my attention instead. I know many people have pooh-poohed the new UK and Ireland Met Office system of naming the Atlantic storms of the autumn and winter alphabetically, but it does at least give a point of reference and stop the storms merging into one. Imogen was the ninth storm since November.

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