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Bird’s nest is a surprise windfall

An old bird’s nest found on the lawn – and placed on a paper towel

As I was sweeping up the fallen leaves from our sweetgum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) the other day I found this old nest. I assume it must have been in the tree until the recent strong winds.

I put it on a kitchen towel and took it to show my husband, who immediately flinched in disgust thinking it was a dead rat! I admit it was a bit messy and at first glance I thought it was a dead something, too. But even that would attract my interest rather than repelling me… (more…)

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A few fallen leaves of the Mermaid Quay London plane trapped in a puddle

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Despite strong winds here in Cardiff the London plane (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) I am following in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, still has more leaves than many other tree species in the area.

This month the weather has been colder and wetter but with the odd day of lovely late autumn sunshine. The good thing about the rain is that it catches some of the beautiful fallen leaves in puddles, while last month they all blew away. (more…)

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Colourful autumn leaves of the cherry trees around Cardiff’s County Hall – few leaves now remain

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month.

Here in South Wales we have had a lot more rain and now it is growing colder. The days seem very short since we ended daylight saving time and the clocks went back an hour to Greenwich Mean Time on October 27. The mornings are slightly lighter – but not for much longer – and the dark, dank evenings make us look forward to the Christmas lights on the city streets.

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

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – hello autumn

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

Erika Groth in Sweden – aspens – winter sleep

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Russian hawthorn at the University of Wyoming – tasty haws and leafless trees

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – flowering dogwood – fallen fruit and autumn leaves

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak – plus interesting links to some science and science fiction…

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

Pat – Squirrelbasket – the London plane of Mermaid Quay, Cardiff

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

Why not join us in 2020? You could start looking for a tree to observe right now. Just 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. Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you next month…

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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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