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The red buds of the linden show no change since last month

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Very little has changed since I chose this linden tree in February. For one thing it has been a short month and for another we had a blast of wintry snow for a few days, which seems to have set us back in our charge towards spring.

There have been no further clues to help me identify the tree fully, but there’s no reason to doubt that it is some variety of small-leaved linden or lime, Tilia cordata.

It stands in a car park by the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) near County Hall in Cardiff Bay and I doubt if I will ever see it without a background of vehicles. (more…)

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Well, that was a surprise – we woke up to thick snow on March 2…

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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.

We had a bit of a short, sharp shock here at the beginning of the month, when “the Beast From the East” brought blizzards and “Storm Emma” brought strong winds to the UK – even to the milder southern areas such as here in South Wales. And apparently it will be cold again this weekend.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month – including a couple of newcomers. Here are the links…

Lea’s Menagerie – in Mississippi

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut and Mike’s medlars

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Annie – Acer pictum or Acer mono

Botany in Birmingham – finding a tree

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on April 7!

If you are thinking of joining us next time, read all about the tree-following idea here.

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Here is another monthly 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.

Desert blooms for just a few days

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In southern Ecuador, flowering guayacán trees paint the landscape yellow – but not for long, reports Atlas Obscura…

Winter Olympics meant death of trees

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The Olympic alpine centre in South Korea was built after 60,000 trees were felled. Now they may be replaced, reports VOA…

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Red stems and leaf-buds

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Finally it’s make-my-mind-up time – I have chosen a tree to follow in 2018. I’m not totally convinced by my choice, but I was attracted by its red leaf-buds.

Not that there weren’t other trees on my shortlist. Last autumn I was convinced I would follow one of the many champion trees in Cardiff’s Bute Park. See the guide leaflet here.

I even had the champion tree map on my mobile phone and had chosen a likely candidate, quite near the front entrance of the park for convenience. (more…)

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Trees are everywhere – but I don’t think I will be following these, in the middle of a traffic roundabout

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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.

In milder areas there are signs of spring, which would also be a good time to start following a tree through the seasons.

If you are thinking of joining us for the first time, read all about the idea here.

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The trees are vying for our attention

We always love to read your news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are their links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Flighty’s Plot – Mike’s medlars and Liz’s black walnut

Lucy Corrander in Halifax – alder

Annie – Acer pictum or Acer mono

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and whatever’s nearby

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Pat – Squirrelbasket – First find your tree

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on March 7!

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Here is my first round-up of tree news articles from around the world in 2018. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

50 million trees to be planted in the North

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In early January the UK Government announced that an English Northern Forest of 50 million trees is to be planted between Liverpool and Hull – the Telegraph reports…

A helping hand for Tufty

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A project to reintroduce red squirrels to their old forest homes in the Scottish Highlands is being carried out by the Trees For Life charity, says MailOnline…

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The end of the year for the 100 elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields – with next year’s buds waiting…

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It’s time to say goodbye to the avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields.

I visited for the last time on Christmas Day, when the trees were more or less the same as when I first chose them to follow just under a year ago.

Next month I will choose a new tree for 2018, but here I will look back with fondness on the year of the 100 elms… (more…)

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