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I probably wouldn’t have bothered snapping these in my local shopping street in Canton, Cardiff, but for the fact that there were three of them together. Someone needs to get their signs sorted. Sorry the missing letters don’t make them humorous…

Canton Discounts

Square Foot estate agents

Custom Cutz hair stylists

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Flower on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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The weather is still changeable here in Cardiff and it grows cool when the sun slips behind a cloud, but apart from that summer is in full swing.

It was again sunny but breezy when I visited Victoria Park to check up on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) on Friday.

I was in a hurry as I had to combine the trip with the weekly bread, meat and fruit and veg shop in Cowbridge Road East, so for a change I entered the park from that end – the opposite direction to my usual visits.

Here are the latest pictures… (more…)

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Leaves of oak (Quercus robur) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff

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Well, here we are for the June tree-following get-together. Welcome to our regular tree enthusiasts – and I hope more newcomers will follow the example of last month’s new joiner, Heather of Tales from an Edwardian Garden with her black mulberry.

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere, although you might not believe it for all the rain we have had in South Wales recently. At least it was gloriously sunny for the two bank holidays for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Hopefully I can dodge the showers at some time in the next week to make my monthly visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on June 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

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Young linden leaves – I think this tree on the corner of our road is a Tilia tomentosa ‘Petiolaris’ or weeping silver lime as the flowers are always highly scented and the leaves will have white backs when they mature…

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This year is running away with me! So little time and already here we are for the May tree-following get-together. Hello to the regular followers, while any new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us.

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere so the trees are at their fresh green best (unless you prefer autumn).

We had some warm and dry weather here in South Wales in April with just a few rainy days.

Next week we are expecting a mini heatwave in Cardiff so I hope to make my monthly visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on May 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

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This lovely golden Kalanchoe on the kitchen windowsill brightens my spirits when I am washing up the dishes…

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Fresh growth on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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After a recent cold snap with hailstorms the weather is getting warmer here in South Wales.

Of course that means it is slightly damper and it started to drizzle when I arrived at Cardiff’s Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

I was delighted to find the tree now had a distinct green tinge.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… (more…)

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Something a bit different this time – the colourful trunk of a palm tree in a neighbour’s garden

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It’s time for the April tree-following get-together. If you are an existing follower I do hope you will continue in 2022 but new enthusiasts are also very welcome to join us.

Spring is on the way in the northern hemisphere so it’s an ideal time to choose a tree to follow, if you haven’t already.

We had some warmer weather here in South Wales in March but April has begun with colder, wetter days and even some hail and snow.

I hope to visit the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park this week and, now it’s Spring I must see what other parks have to offer, too.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on April 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I appreciate that I must update that page when I have the chance!

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The Churchill College ladies’ eight in winter 1973 – that’s me in the front row on the right, during my first term at Cambridge University…

Today is the traditional Varsity Boat Race on the Thames in London, between Oxford University and Cambridge University, about which I am always nostalgic, although I have never been there to see it. There is a preview, from the point of view of Cambridge, here…

The first men’s race was in 1829 but nowadays there are four races – men’s and women’s plus the reserve crew races between Isis (Oxford) and Goldie (Cambridge) for the men and Osiris and Blondie for the women. (more…)

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Pink magnolia in Thompson’s Park

I recently visited my nearest green space in Cardiff, Thompson’s Park, to see how spring was coming along. The magnolia trees were in bloom, the grassy bank was full of daffodils and the parks people had planted primulas in the flower bed. Here are my snaps… (more…)

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The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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It has been a wet week here in South Wales but one morning I managed to find a weather window to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

There has not been much visible development since my last visit but Spring has sprung all around, with a patch of crocuses in the grass beneath the tree.

Here are the pictures from my latest visit… (more…)

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