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Rose hips beside the Wharf

Last year I walked around the Wharf (former Bute East Dock) in Cardiff Bay almost every month, but in this my second year working at County Hall I am only an occasional visitor. This is partly because I am no longer following a tree beside the Wharf.

I may think I have seen it all before but I find the view is constantly changing. Here are the images from my most recent visit, in late September… (more…)

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A fallen London Plane leaf in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff

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I am disappointed this month with the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay.

Here in South Wales we have had very wet weather for a few weeks and it has also been windy. I chose a very blustery day with sunshine and showers to take these pictures and forgot my camera, so they are taken with my iPhone and not as good as I would like.

As well as the leaves refusing to stay still for their photographs, the wind had blown all the autumn leaves from the branches and they had even been swept away from the surrounding street by the scouring breeze. (more…)

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It may be autumn but there is still plenty of life left in this alder (Alnus glutinosa) beside the Wharf in Cardiff Bay

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. Here in South Wales we have had a very wet couple of weeks and now it also grows cold at night. But the low autumn sunshine is appreciated when it breaks through.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – hanging on

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Russian hawthorn – literary art and Wyoming coal

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak – plus an interesting music video

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens – and the swans fly south

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – flowering dogwood in fruit

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

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Here is another round-up of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Cleaning time for 330-million-year-old tree

This summer saw a long-awaited clean-up for the fossil tree at the Natural History Museum in London…

100 years of the Forestry Commission

Countryfile celebrates 100 years of the Forestry Commission…

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A dead leaf on the London plane I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

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The end of summer here in Cardiff continued to see changeable weather, most recently blustery showers.

Temperatures are falling suddenly as we move into autumn.

The London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, still looks lush and green but was beginning to show signs of weakness when I visited it on September 2. (more…)

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A small hornbeam tree (Carpinus betulus) in Cardiff Bay, heavy with its distinctive little nuts held in leafy bracts

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. Here in Wales the weather was mixed in August, but managed very high temperatures for the late August Bank Holiday Monday.

Now September has begun and already there is an autumnal nip in the air.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – the solitary quince

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – flowering dogwood

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s witch hazel in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s apple tree

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Russian hawthorn in Wyoming – and a rabbit

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hawthorn

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here. Why not join us? Point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week.

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Frilly fruits on the trees in front of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

There’s always something I haven’t seen before when I am in Cardiff Bay. This time, on a blustery day, I noticed these unusual, heavy fruits on the trees in front of the Wales Millennium Centre. (more…)

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