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A few golden leaves on the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff

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It’s definitely autumn in South Wales now, with changeable weather and lower temperatures. Some trees, such as lime/linden and chestnut are well into their fall finery, but the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) I am following in Victoria Park, Cardiff, is still mainly green.

Perhaps this is because the small yellow leaves do not hang around very long on the tree but leave a slightly thinned-out effect, letting more daylight through the branches. (more…)

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A tiny face looking out from the bark of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff

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The weather continues to be changeable in South Wales in early September. For a few days it was so dry with an easterly wind that I thought I would have to water the garden. Then the weather broke – luckily with no thunderstorms here but heavy rain.

This was just at the time I needed to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park, so I delayed going until it cleared up on Sunday, a day I normally stay at home.

The poplar still looks very fresh, with none of the tiredness you might expect towards the end of summer.

Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in August

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I’m sure we were expecting a mini heatwave in South Wales this month but instead August has been cool and mainly wet.

The light rain did ease off enough for me to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

Nothing much changes in mid summer but I was able to take some general views and found some details to photograph.

Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Young leaves growing from the trunk of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in July

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For a moment there I thought I was going to miss my own deadline. There has been so much rain over the last couple of weeks that I didn’t make it to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park until yesterday.

It was the first dry day for ages and heralded what we are told will be a mini heatwave here in South Wales.

On this visit the poplar hadn’t changed very much from the previous month – such is the way of things once we reach summer. So I was left scrabbling around to find details to photograph.

Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Green leaves and dead leaves of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in June

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The first half of June has been changeable here in Cardiff. We have had cool days and warm days, damp days and sunny. All this has been good for nature and gardens.

There was a strong breeze as I set out to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week, but the clouds were clearing.

On this visit the poplar was looking green but I did spot some small damage from gales towards the end of May. Here are my pictures… (more…)

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Leaves of the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Victoria Park, Cardiff, in May

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Just for a change there was a hail storm as I set out to visit the Lombardy poplar (Populus nigra ‘Italica’) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week. After a very dry April May has been very showery and a bit cold. I guess we have already had our summer…

On this visit the new golden leaves of last month had turned a fresh green. Here are my pictures… (more…)

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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