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Low autumn sun on the faces of this little fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica) beside the Wharf

As you will have noticed, I can’t get enough of the plants, both wild and tamed, that grow around the Wharf (former East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay alongside my current workplace in County Hall.

Here are my latest discoveries, from a walk around the Wharf around 2pm on October 3, with the sun already low in the sky as the days grow shorter.

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A long view of the Wharf from the northern end

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Golden leaves on the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) beside the Wharf on October 3 – slightly speckled with brown damage and with a few leaves still green against the blue sky

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We are in the middle of Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is shedding its golden leaves.

I took these pictures on October 3 during a clear and cold spell, but this weekend we have been hit by the wind and rain of Storm Callum so I doubt if many leaves now remain.

This month I again walked anticlockwise around the Wharf and took distant views of my linden and its neighbours before I reached them. (more…)

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Red leaves on a shrub beside the Wharf in Cardiff Bay – my first thought is Viburnum bodnantense but I really don’t know…

During my monthly walk around the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay on September 4 I saw plenty of colourful leaves and flowers as well as the seeds and berries featured in my previous blog post. Here are some of the pictures I took… (more…)

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Firethorn (Pyracantha) berries beside the Wharf in early September

During my monthly walk around the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay on September 4 I was surprised to find how far advanced Autumn was, with many seeds and berries on both the wild plants and cultivated shrubs. Here are some of the pictures I took… (more…)

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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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