Posts Tagged ‘linden’


Linden flowers on the tree beside the Wharf in July


It’s mid July and here in Cardiff many of us are hoping for some rain for the garden and cooler days and nights so that we can catch up on our sleep. We have had hot and dry weather for weeks now, with temperatures hitting 32 degrees Celsius, and we are not used to it.

On the day I walked beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) to visit the linden tree (Tilia) it was the only overcast day we have had in ages – and we even had some very light rain that lunchtime.

I think I must have missed most of the flowers, which have opened and disappeared since my last visit a month ago. But I did manage to spot a few. (more…)


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Buds of linden, June 5, 2018


It’s mid June and here in Cardiff the weather is living up to its summer promise, with many scorching-hot sunny days. But there is still a cooling north-easterly wind most days as I walk beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock). And all at once the linden tree (Tilia) I am following is full of green flower buds.

Actually I thought they were the fruits, but as this tree seems to be running later than others I have seen, the flower buds have yet to open and the fruits will come later. I hope so, or else I have completely missed them!

To paraphrase Wikipedia, the small yellow-green hermaphrodite flowers of Tilia cordata are produced in clusters of five to 11 in early summer with a leafy yellow-green subtending bract and have a rich, heavy scent; the trees are much visited by bees to the erect flowers, held above the bract; this arrangement is different from that of the common lime Tilia × europaea where the flowers are held beneath the bract. (more…)

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Leaves of the linden (Tilia) beside the Wharf in Cardiff Bay on April 26


It’s mid May but here in Cardiff the weather is still a little chilly and changeable. But we have had a couple of hot, sunny days here and there and these have urged the linden tree (Tilia) beside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) to sprout its greenery at last.

I knew this would happen so I have visited twice this month as I didn’t want to miss anything. In the space of a few weeks the red leaf buds have fully opened and the tree is now clad in green.

Here are some pictures comparing April 26 and May 8… (more…)

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A few yards from my linden tree on the Wharf is this sign – which suggests you mustn’t run off with a fish under your arm or cook and eat one here


Well, spring has officially arrived, but the weather in Cardiff is still a little chilly and sometimes wet.

Better temperatures are promised but for now my linden tree (Tilia) alongside the Wharf (old Bute East Dock) seems stuck in late winter. There is no sign of the buds opening yet.

When I visited this week I found it impossible to get right up close to take pictures as there were anglers parked alongside it. (more…)

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The red buds of the linden show no change since last month


Very little has changed since I chose this linden tree in February. For one thing it has been a short month and for another we had a blast of wintry snow for a few days, which seems to have set us back in our charge towards spring.

There have been no further clues to help me identify the tree fully, but there’s no reason to doubt that it is some variety of small-leaved linden or lime, Tilia cordata.

It stands in a car park by the Wharf (old East Bute Dock) near County Hall in Cardiff Bay and I doubt if I will ever see it without a background of vehicles. (more…)

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Red stems and leaf-buds


Finally it’s make-my-mind-up time – I have chosen a tree to follow in 2018. I’m not totally convinced by my choice, but I was attracted by its red leaf-buds.

Not that there weren’t other trees on my shortlist. Last autumn I was convinced I would follow one of the many champion trees in Cardiff’s Bute Park. See the guide leaflet here.

I even had the champion tree map on my mobile phone and had chosen a likely candidate, quite near the front entrance of the park for convenience. (more…)

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