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Signs of Spring – crocuses in Bute Park, Cardiff, at the end of February, 2015

I wasn’t planning on posting today, until the husband asked “Why is February so short?” Had I never asked that myself? Anyway, I had to find out in a hurry, as the days were running out and today was going to be March 1, marked as our St David’s Day here in Wales.

The history of calendars is ever so complicated, so I don’t think for a minute that what I am about to say is “correct”, but it’s my interpretation of what I found online, including Wikipedia and various question-and-answer forums.

The main point (more…)

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Oaks in leaf at last in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on May 7, 2014

You may recall that I have been waiting for the huge “oak” trees to come into leaf near the hornbeam I am following, so I could make a proper identification. I thought they were oak because of last year’s dead leaves in the vicinity, but to be honest these trees don’t look like (more…)

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The hornbeam I am following, pictured in the centre, on May 7, 2014

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For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring there is a different green.

(from “I Sit and Think” by JRR Tolkien)

It’s that time again, for visiting “my” tree to give an update for Loose & Leafy’s tree-following project.

I feared I would miss the “female” flowers on the hornbeam, or not see them as the branches are so high up, so (more…)

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Pink cherry blossom…

Oh dear, Lucy Corrander has really started something for me this Spring with her tree following meme… I am “observing” trees everywhere I look now. Not that surprising, I suppose, when Cardiff does have so many – a lot of them dating back to Victorian and Edwardian times.

This time I am featuring some cherry trees (Prunus). I don’t know if it’s (more…)

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Characterful old lion’s head beside a Cardiff street…

Cardiff is a very green city and alongside every street in the suburbs there are plants aplenty. These pictures were taken on a single long road a fortnight ago.

Of course the trees and shrubs have all moved on even more into spring since then… (more…)

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Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on April 9, 1014 – horse chestnut…

On the way to visit the hornbeam I am following, I had to cross Llandaff Fields, in a different direction from previous visits. And as it was a glorious Spring day, I couldn’t help taking hundreds of pictures of OTHER trees.

There are enough here for (more…)

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Green leaves on the hornbeam

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At last it seems like Spring – although there is still a slight nip in the air. I went for a wonderful morning walk in the fields to visit the hornbeam I have been following for Loose and Leafy.

The first time I visited, I walked across muddy rugby pitches; the second time I walked up along a steep main road; the third time I took a bus and it went the “wrong” way. This time I got it right, starting at a slightly different entrance to the fields and sticking to the footpaths.

I was relieved to find (more…)

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