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September snapshots

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Michaelmas daisies (Aster amellus) in the herbaceous borders of Bute Park, Cardiff

At university we used to call this the Michaelmas term, so I thought it appropriate to start with an image of Michaelmas daisies. Although I hadn’t realised that Michaelmas, a quarter day of the financial year, is on September 29. I never thought about it before.

I have walked into the city centre along the River Taff a couple of times over the last few weeks, including just after Storm Aileen (which I completely slept through in the early hours of the morning of September 13), so I thought I would share some seasonal snapshots. (more…)

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Frosted oak leaves on January 3, 2017

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Before I turn my attention to a new tree to follow in 2017, I am looking back with fondness at the old oak (Quercus robur) I have followed throughout 2016 in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff.

I visited again on a frosty day last week but now it’s winter there is not going to be much change until it starts the annual cycle again in spring.

The only new observation was this spent firework from the New Year’s Eve festivities…

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Firework shell under the oak on January 3, 2017

So here is a comparison of how the tree looked as the months passed in 2016. (more…)

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Lush leaf of bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis) in December

At the beginning of 2016 I promised myself I would keep an eye on Thompson’s Park in Cardiff as the seasons changed through the year, so I have just enough time before Christmas to fit in a snapshot of the park as we pass from late autumn into early winter.

I took these pictures on November 25 and December 9 and in just a fortnight almost the last of the autumn leaves fell. Some berries and seeds remain and there are a few winter blossoms. Please let me know if I have misidentified anything… (more…)

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Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, on October 25

I usually blog just once a week, but there is so much of golden autumn around at the moment that I can’t help keeping on about it, as it will be over so soon. Here are some recent images from Thompson’s Park in Cardiff, which I have been visiting throughout the year. It’s certainly a time of mellow fruitfulness. (more…)

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Gorgeous red leaves on a tree in the Sophia Gardens car park in Cardiff on October 20 – probably a member of the cherry family (Prunus)?

I may be wrong, but it seems to me that some autumns are rubbish, damp and brown, and some are sparkling, with crisp days and wonderful colours. I think this is a good year, possibly because we had a couple of weeks of quite cold, dry weather with easterly winds earlier in October. Or maybe I just caught the right moment to look this time, catching the crimsons and golds. (more…)

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Rotting apples in the hollow trunk of a tree at Aberglasney

Although there was still lots of late-summer colour when we visited Aberglasney at the end of September, there was also lots of mellow fruitfulness and autumn decay. Here are a few snaps – and maybe you can identify those species that I can’t. (more…)

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Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) beside the river Taff in Cardiff

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Welcome to my first attempt to provide a monthly tree-following link box after taking over the project from Loose and Leafy. The box is now closed but you’ll find everyone’s links at the bottom of the post.

It’s a mixed time of year for the trees here in the UK in the Autumn (or Fall to those of you in North America). Some have lost nearly all their leaves. Some, like the lindens, cast off their lemon-yellow leaves early. Some, like the wonderful maples, are a beautiful red. Some trees still have their seeds attached…
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