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Ripening fruit seen during my walk around the Wharf (former Bute East Dock) in Cardiff on November 20 – I have been calling this dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) but I am still not totally convinced

It has now become my habit to go for a walk around the Wharf (former Bute East Dock) at least once a month to document the plants. The darker days are here but I am still finding plenty in nature to brighten my day.

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Mahonia is one of my favourite winter plants…

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Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) on the Wharf in Cardiff Bay, November 20, 2018

There was a pleasant surprise on my monthly walk around the Wharf (former East Bute Dock) in Cardiff Bay this week. It was a very cold day with watery sunshine breaking through.

As I walked along the far side from my offices in County Hall I saw this grey heron (Ardea cinerea) quietly standing on the edge of a nesting platform provided for the wildfowl. The Wharf is full of carp and other fish, so this is a good place for a heron. (more…)

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The blue BayBus – a long bendy bus – heading down Lloyd George Avenue towards Cardiff Bay

It is now nearly a year since I started working in Cardiff Bay and every day my bus ride takes me down Lloyd George Avenue, a broad, mile-long road linking the city centre and the bay.

For many months I had been meaning to walk the tree-lined avenue but it is only now in autumn that I have finally made the effort – hoping to identify the trees before the last leaves fall and identification becomes difficult again.

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The red pin marks the middle of Lloyd George Avenue – click on the image to explore – with thanks to Google Maps

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A stone egg is a useful landmark on Schooner Way

I love this very big stone egg in Schooner Way, in Cardiff Bay. A map tells me it is the centrepiece of an attractive apartment development called Henke Court.

It is a great landmark as I can use this cut-through to reach the Wharf (former East Bute Dock) now that a stretch of the walkway around it is sealed off for building work and it is impossible to do a complete circuit. (more…)

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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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