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A single leaf of Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) clings to a twig in the garden

Today is the last day of November and tomorrow we start the three cold months of winter. Throughout these last few weeks the colour has gradually been draining from the garden, as viewed from my desk window. Here are some highlights… (more…)

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Autumn leaves of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week

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I am glad I visited the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park a bit earlier this time as I might otherwise have missed its autumn colour.

We have had so much rain and wind in recent weeks that most of the loosening leaves have been blown from the branches and now lie in mush on the grass.

Here are the photos from my latest visit, on a rare dry day… (more…)

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Colourful maple leaves in Victoria Park, Cardiff, this week

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Welcome to the November tree-following gathering. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. And newcomers are also always welcome.

I was keen not to miss the autumn tints of the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) I am following in Cardiff’s Victoria Park so made my visit a week early this time, on a rare fine day – I will report on that later.

We have had a great deal of rain here in South Wales after a parched summer but I wonder what the weather has been like where you are? Is it autumn / fall yet? Many trees here are still green and some seem to have leaves that are more damaged than glorious this time around. The strong winds recently have probably not helped.

I’m sure you regular tree followers will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on November 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although, as I have been saying for months, I must update that page when I have the chance! Sorry I am being so neglectful at the moment.

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The characteristic leaves of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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Autumn has reached South Wales but not all the trees change colour at once. I fear I will have to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park again before next month or I might miss its full orange glory.

This week, with the weather still changeable, I went to see it on a pleasant blue-sky morning – and there was already a need to wear a warm jacket.

Here are the photos from my visit… (more…)

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Various fall colours of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) in my garden – which I followed in 2020

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Welcome to the October tree-following get-together. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. And newcomers are also always gratefully received.

As the daylight hours grow shorter the trees are starting to show their autumn colours and they are not doing too badly bearing in mind that we were expecting to be disappointed after such a dry summer followed by rains.

Weather permitting I hope I can make my monthly visit to the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on October 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although, as I haver been saying for months, I must update that page when I have the chance!

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A group of trees in the graveyard of St John’s Church in Cardiff city centre

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Welcome to the September tree-following get-together. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. And newcomers are also always gratefully received.

August has at last brought some much-needed rain to South Wales – although unfortunately it prevents our enjoyment of lovely summer days sitting in the backyard.

Weather permitting I hope I can make my monthly visit to the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on September 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I must update that page when I have the chance!

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Dry leaves fallen from the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half-dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

[The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City]

Last month we had a mini heatwave with temperatures in the 30s for a few days, but this time we are on the verge of drought, even here in South Wales, one of the wettest parts of the UK. The hot, cloudless weather has lasted about a fortnight and we are really hoping it will break with some welcome rain in the coming week.

It was exhausting walking the mile to visit Victoria Park to check up on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) on Friday. The place was full of families, with the loud squeals of children playing on the splash pad – such a good idea in this weather and all the water is recirculated. I don’t like to take pictures of children without permission so this is from the website of the creators of the splashpad…

One of the exciting features of the splashpad is a bucket that gradually fills and then upends over all the children. Click on the photo to go to the Ustigate Waterplay website

Here are my pictures of the tulip tree… (more…)

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Highly scented flowers of weeping silver lime (Tilia tomentosa ‘Petiolaris’)

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Welcome to the August tree-following get-together. I look forward to seeing everyone’s news and pictures once again. And newcomers are also always gratefully received.

July has been mostly sunny and hot here in South Wales with very little rain for the plants and trees. Although here we are lucky as there has not been a hose-pipe ban yet.

Hopefully I can make my monthly visit to the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park this week.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on August 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I must update that page when I have the chance!

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Fresh green fruit on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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We are in the middle of a mini heatwave here in Cardiff – although it is even hotter around London and the South East of the UK, where temperatures may get near to 40C over the weekend, according to the forecasts.

It was slightly overcast but still muggy when I visited Victoria Park to check up on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) yesterday.

This time the main feature was an abundance of new fruits. It was when I looked these up on Wikipedia that I realised I had not properly described the flowers on my previous visit. So here goes…

According to Wikipedia the flowers are 3–10 cm in diameter and have nine tepals — three green outer sepals and six inner petals which are yellow-green with an orange flare at the base. Flowers of L. tulipifera have a faint cucumber odour [clearly I did not get close enough to notice this].

The stamens and pistils are arranged spirally around a central spike or gynaecium. The stamens fall off, and the pistils become the samaras. The fruit is a cone-like aggregate of samaras 4–9 cm long, each of which has a roughly tetrahedral seed with one edge attached to the central conical spike and the other edge attached to the wing.

Here are my latest pictures… (more…)

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Tiny trees – I planted some tangerine pips/pits in the winter when they were in season in the local fruit shop and they have germinated beautifully on my study window ledge…

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Well, here we are for the July tree-following get-together. Welcome to our regular tree enthusiasts – and I hope more newcomers will also consider joining us.

After a spell of lovely sunshine in early June we have had several weeks of cooler and showery weather here in South Wales, although the sun seems to have its hat on again now.

Hopefully I can get out of the house at some time in the next week to make my monthly visit to the tall tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I wonder what all you regular tree followers are up to? I’m sure you will have something new to report. Point to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box below. And please don’t forget to leave a comment.

The link box is now open for contributions and will stay open until 7pm GMT on July 14.

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here, although I must update that page when I have the chance!

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