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The branches of the linden tree beside The Wharf in Cardiff Bay in February this year

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Every year I put together a round-up of images of the seasons of the tree I am following, but sometimes I do this in December and sometimes January.

This time I am choosing December as the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata) I am following beside The Wharf in Cardiff Bay has shut down for winter and in January it will be time to move on and consider another tree to visit during 2019.

I’m not sure the linden I have followed has been as spectacular as my previous choices, listed at the end of this blog post, but this species is so common on the streets of Cardiff that it merited some attention.

For the record, here are some of my images from 2018… (more…)

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The weather has been so depressing that I haven’t taken my camera out for a walk for weeks – so this is an iPhone picture of wet beech leaves outside my office, which I took yesterday

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

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

In Cardiff it seems we have had nothing but miserable rain for weeks and as I don’t drive a car I am growing tired of standing around at wet bus stops.

I’m not sure which is worse, the light horizontal rain that gets under your umbrella or the heavy rain with gale-force winds which mean you can’t use an umbrella anyway. I wonder what the weather is like where you are and how your tree is looking?

For some people it is time to consider what tree you will follow in 2019. I have drawn up my own shortlist and I know some of you have already chosen your subject.

Our ranks of tree followers are growing all the time, so why not join them next time? 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.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Erika Groth in Sweden – goodbye to the bird cherry and hello to next year’s tree

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince in December

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) – “Trees know when history begins”

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Not quite tree following but welcome anyway:

Jaipur Garden in India – colourful flowers enjoy the unexpected chill

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on January 7 – a whole new year – oh my!

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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.

Wanaka tree is star of Instagram

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A partially submerged willow tree standing alone in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, has become an Instagram celebrity – See The South Island finds out what all the fuss is about…

Picture contest celebrates oaks

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Check out all the winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Action Oak competition. This is Oak Sunrise by Alan Price…

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The blue BayBus – a long bendy bus – heading down Lloyd George Avenue towards Cardiff Bay

It is now nearly a year since I started working in Cardiff Bay and every day my bus ride takes me down Lloyd George Avenue, a broad, mile-long road linking the city centre and the bay.

For many months I had been meaning to walk the tree-lined avenue but it is only now in autumn that I have finally made the effort – hoping to identify the trees before the last leaves fall and identification becomes difficult again.

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The red pin marks the middle of Lloyd George Avenue – click on the image to explore – with thanks to Google Maps

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The seasons turn – and this abandoned bicycle wheel among the fallen leaves of my little leaf linden (Tilia cordata) on The Wharf (former East Bute Dock) seems an appropriate image

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We are in late Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay has lost nearly all of its golden leaves, although in other parts of the city and on other trees, such as ash, maple and hornbeam, there is still a great deal of colour.

I took these pictures on November 3 during an overcast lunchtime in the middle of a spell of very wet weather last week, which will be continuing into next week.

This time my visit was not part of my long monthly circuit of the Wharf but just a quick foray specifically to visit the linden. (more…)

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Many leaf colours of a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff Bay in late October 2018

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

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

Here in Cardiff we have had a mixture of weather in the last month, with one or two crisp, frosty mornings and many more days of rain. The worst weather came with Storm Callum in mid October, when there was flooding in Wales that even affected Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, where I work.

Meanwhile it has been a wonderful autumn for tree colour, with golds, oranges and reds everywhere.

I wonder what the weather is like where you are?

Our ranks of tree followers are growing all the time, so why not join them next time? 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.

We always love to read your tree news – so thank you to everyone who contributed this month. Here are the links…

Annie and the Acer mono – Cardiff

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – Quince Crumble

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s black walnut in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s medlars

Erika Groth in Sweden – bird cherry

Pat – Squirrelbasket – small-leaved linden

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – boxelder (Acer negundo) and what’s nearby

Lea’s Menagerie in Mississippi – red maple

Thank you to everyone for taking part – see you all again on December 7!

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Golden leaves on the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) beside the Wharf on October 3 – slightly speckled with brown damage and with a few leaves still green against the blue sky

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We are in the middle of Autumn here in Cardiff and the small-leaved linden (a cultivar of Tilia cordata) next to the Wharf in Cardiff Bay is shedding its golden leaves.

I took these pictures on October 3 during a clear and cold spell, but this weekend we have been hit by the wind and rain of Storm Callum so I doubt if many leaves now remain.

This month I again walked anticlockwise around the Wharf and took distant views of my linden and its neighbours before I reached them. (more…)

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