Posts Tagged ‘Lombardy poplar’

Pretty golden leaves of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park this week


For all my good intentions it has been a full month since I visited the magnificent Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I had hoped to see last month’s red male catkins develop but I have been so busy that I missed my chance of an extra visit in between times.

I went to see the tree this week on a cool spring day with sunshine and light cloud. This time the catkins had all gone and instead there were beautiful golden diamond-shaped leaves breaking through. Here are my pictures… (more…)

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The buds of the Lombardy poplar in Victoria Park have broken


This was the week I needed to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park and I am happy to say I chose just the right day. Tuesday was sunny but I knew the rest of the week was going to be stormy with heavy rain and up to 50 mph gales.

I was hoping the pointed buds I had seen previously might have opened by now and I was not disappointed. This time I also decided to take pictures of the tree from beyond the railings in the park, to get a different perspective. Here are my pictures… (more…)

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The top of the Lombardy poplar in Victoria Park against cold clouds


It has been a cold week with some light snow and sleet but I think I chose the best day, on Wednesday, to visit the tree I am following this year. It’s a Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

On a sunny morning I set off in my new padded jacket, which kept me very snug as snow flurried in the icy air.

Here are my snaps – mostly concentrating on the bark of the tree before my attention is taken later in the year by leafiness, I hope. (more…)

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Part of the new tree I am following – recognise it?


It’s a new year and like many of you I have chosen a different tree to follow after a reasonably successful 2020 with the Persian ironwood in my own back garden.

Although we are still more or less locked down thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have resolved to take a walk most days for exercise and choosing a tree to follow in a park at least gets me walking once a month.

This time the park is Victoria Park and going to visit my tree on a frosty but sunny day earned me 4,700 steps there and back on my exercise counter.

Now without further ado, here is the tree… (more…)

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Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Victoria Park in September

Recently I had to deliver a magazine to a friend on a street beyond the “far” side of Victoria Park, so decided to enter the gardens by a different entrance from my first visit in July (see here), which had just taken me through the central pathway.

With the Cardiff Council Parks people concentrating only on essentials at the moment, Victoria Park is all trees but no flower beds. But some of these trees are magnificent. (more…)

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