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Lime tree (Tilia) flowers and developing fruits in Cardiff’s Victoria Park in late June

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It’s that time again for the monthly tree-following link box, which will stay open for your tree-related links until 7pm GMT on July 14.

Here in South Wales we have had rain for a week or two now and the Covid-19 lockdown continues, while in England and some other parts of the world the stay-at-home measures are easing.

Although my Parrotia tree is in my own back garden it is rapidly disappearing under the branches of a big sycamore tree, so I have no idea if I will be able to find much of interest this month. We shall see.

Some of you may be able to visit your trees but for others any tree-related post will be acceptable during these unusual times. I’m sure you will think of something interesting to say.

I am hopeful that we will continue to have some new tree enthusiasts joining us, so point to any post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

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

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Here is another monthly 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.

Two-acre cashew tree looks like a mini forest

The largest cashew-nut tree in the world is featured in the Mail Online…

Big cats love climbing trees

Researcher Alexander Braczkowski spent a year monitoring and filming tree lions in the Queen Elizabeth conservation area in Uganda – the drone video is on the Guardian website…

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Developing seed-head of the mystery tree in my garden on the last day of May

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Well, here we are in June and for me it’s the end of the 12th week of working from home in the Covid-19 lockdown here in South Wales.

You may recall I began the year following some lovely Turkish hazel trees in Cardiff Bay, but they are now a long way away so I am observing a tree in my own back garden, visible from my study window.

Actually it is becoming less and less visible as it is overhung by a rapidly growing self-seeded sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus) and as it is on a difficult slippery slope I have not yet been able to cut back the sycamore branches. (more…)

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Leaves of field maple (Acer campestre) in dappled sunlight in my garden

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The tree-following link box has closed for another month. And here we are passing from spring into summer.

It has been over two months now since the UK entered the lock-down as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and in Wales there has been even less loosening of restrictions than in neighbouring England.

The hot spring sunshine lasted throughout May but in the last few days we have at last had some rain for the garden.

Any tree-related post is acceptable in these lock-down times and everyone has found something interesting to say, whether about their usual trees or others if they are unable to visit their first choice.

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

Crafty Green Poet – Juliet in Edinburgh, Scotland – horse chestnut

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – watching the quincelets

Food For Thought – Sherrie in Indiana – maple

Elephant’s Eye on False Bay – Diana Studer in South Africa – a tiny urban forest

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix fragilis

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores, part 1

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamores, part 2

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – Populus tremula and Acer platinoides (Norway maple) in the garden

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – mystery tree has a name

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – naming trees

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – Cornus kousa

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in June. Why not join us next time? 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 our tree followings every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you in July…

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It’s so easy to see holes in trees as the eyes of some huge pachyderm

It was inevitable when I walked around Llandaff Fields recently that I would encounter one of my favourite trees. Please indulge me while I give it a blog post of its own. This was the first tree I ever followed, in 2014. You can see all my previous posts about it here.

This is a record of my most recent visit… (more…)

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Llandaff Fields – one of Cardiff’s great green spaces – pictured are two of my favourite trees – sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) on the left and lime (Tilia cordata) on the right

I’m not getting far in my attempts to visit all the local parks and fields for exercise during the Covid-19 lockdown. So far in nine weeks I have visited only two! I feel so fat and unfit, spending all day working at my desk. Anyway, this is the second excursion, to Llandaff Fields on May 6 – doesn’t time fly?

I started my circuit at the corner where Pen-hill meets Cardiff Road and heads on up to Llandaff. That way I first skirted the hedgerows along the edge of the rugby pitches, walking on grass with no proper path. (more…)

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The mystery tree in my garden

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Here we are in the eighth week of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK, with nothing but sunshine since it began.

I am very busy working from home for the Cardiff Council Highways department but more able than usual to watch the natural goings-on in my own garden.

Being separated from my Turkish hazel trees in Cardiff Bay, last month I chose a new tree to follow in my own backyard and had some strange idea that it was another hazel of sorts. But now I am more puzzled than ever about the species. Perhaps you can help. (more…)

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It’s lilac time in Cardiff – I saw this Syringa vulgaris in someone’s garden during a recent exercise walk

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The tree-following link box has closed for another month. And now it’s spring!

Many weeks have passed since the UK entered the lock-down as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, so in South Wales we can still leave our homes only for essential business.

The glorious spring sunshine continues, which just makes the enforced imprisonment all the more frustrating, although until recently we had also experienced a chilly easterly wind for a week or so.

Any tree-related post is acceptable in these odd times and everyone has found something interesting to say, whether about their usual trees or others if they are unable to visit their first choice.

As always, welcome to our new tree followers. You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Erika Groth in Sweden – possibly Salix – and celebrating Walpurgis Night

Welcome to Sherrie and her fascinating blog about books, quilting, embroidery, gardening and much more…
Food For Thought – Sherrie in Indiana – maple

And welcome back to the Crafty Green Poet and her uplifting blog…
Crafty Green Poet – Juliet in Edinburgh, Scotland – horse chestnut

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – Populus and Acer platinoides (Norway maple) in the garden

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – Cornus kousa

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – mystery tree in LaBonte Park – and identifying a water bird…

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – mystery tree in my own garden

Lucy Corrander – Loose and Leafy in Halifax – sycamore, aphids and dandelion relatives

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – pretty pink quincelets

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

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in May. Why not join us next time? 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 our tree followings every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you in June…

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The view from my study window, looking left over a neighbour’s garden

In every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

[From JRR Tolkien: I sit beside the fire and think

Working from home I have had plenty of time to take in the view from the window above my desk. I am upstairs in my study and the steep, tree-clad garden slopes up in front of me. The view is very green. (more…)

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Here is another monthly round-up of tree news articles from around the world – and in some ways trees are more important than ever during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Hug a tree to overcome isolation

Iceland’s forestry service has come up with a novel way to overcome the sense of isolation many people suffer because of Covid-19 preventative measures, reports the BBC…

Londoner labels street trees with love

During the lockdown someone has started writing captions in chalk for the trees of Walthamstow, identifying each species, according to TimeOut…

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