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The avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff, in April


This year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff.

When I visited just over a month ago there were little red flowers with no petals. Now these have disappeared and the trees are greening up with their pretty, slightly lopsided leaves.

These leaves are “alternate” (spiral, not exactly opposite each other), with simple, “doubly serrate” margins (meaning there are smaller serrations within the serrations), asymmetric at the base and “acuminate” (tapering) at the apex. (more…)

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The arrival of green leaves heralds the falling of these magnificent pink Magnolia soulangeana blooms in a front garden I walked past this week

The April tree-following link box is now closed, but below are the links tree followers have shared this month.

Here in South Wales we are coming to the end of the pink and white cherry blossom season but most of the magnolias are still magnificent.

Some people have already chosen a new tree to follow – but spring is a great time for you to join us.

There’s no rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to contribute every single month if that’s too much for you.

If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

And without further ado, here are those links…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – Sabalites powellii fossil

Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Amy in the Sonoran Desert (A Small Sunny Garden) –
Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica)

Mike – Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) and Flighty’s dogwood (Cornus)

John Kingdon – The Rivendell Garden Blog – bombed by crabs

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Pat – Squirrelbasket – elm leaves and fruit

April Hughes – fiddle tree – Liriodendron tulipifera

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on May 7!

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Red flowers on the 100 elms Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff


As I mentioned last month, this year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff. I visited on February 24 and was delighted to see there were plenty of little red flowers. They are apetalous – they have no petals – as they are wind pollinated and don’t need to be attractive to insects.

The flowers have both male and female structures (stamens and carpels), so they are hermaphroditic (other words are androgynous, monoclinous, synoecious). (more…)

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At first these were mystery trees…


All can now be revealed. After weeks of searching for a new tree to follow for 2017, I have made my decision.

Along the way I have encountered many characterful trees. There were other trees in Llandaff Fields, like my first tree, the hornbeam. There were other trees in Bute Park, like my second tree, the Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa). There were other trees in Thompson’s Park, like last year’s oak, The Pigeon Tree.

But part of the fun is exploring a different field or park every year. That’s why I went walking in the Blackweir area along the River Taff in Cardiff. (more…)

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This lovely image of long-tailed tits is from a wonderful selection of wildlife blinds from Pictureblinds.co.uk – click on the picture to visit the site

The little green book that accompanied my childhood in a country village was “Wild Life Through the Year” by Richard Morse. It was published in 1942 and it is probably based on what could be seen in the English home counties, not in South Wales, where I have always lived.

I particularly like the sketchbook page for every month, with drawings of birds, other animals and plants you are likely to see. So I am showing these pages on my blog and passing my own observations, based on the village garden of my childhood and my 2010 city garden. Read more in my January post…


Ice on the birdbath in February

This month is traditionally (more…)

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