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A raindrop-splattered leaf fallen from the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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As the days get shorter and cooler, there is what my Yorkshire mother-in-law would call a “back-endish” feel to the crisp air.

Since last month the parched weather has been relieved by a considerable amount of rain here in South Wales, but I fear it will not be a good year for autumn colour, with many tree leaves falling prematurely, brown and shrivelled.

After a wet week I managed to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park today, on what turned out to be a glorious blue-sky day with quite warm temperatures.

There was a stubborn band of rain farther to the south of Britain, which soaked London during these sad times of national mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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

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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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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.

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Flower on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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The weather is still changeable here in Cardiff and it grows cool when the sun slips behind a cloud, but apart from that summer is in full swing.

It was again sunny but breezy when I visited Victoria Park to check up on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) on Friday.

I was in a hurry as I had to combine the trip with the weekly bread, meat and fruit and veg shop in Cowbridge Road East, so for a change I entered the park from that end – the opposite direction to my usual visits.

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New flower buds and last year’s husks on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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As we pass from late spring into summer here in Cardiff the weather is warming up, although we still have an occasional wet day for the benefit of the garden.

It was sunny but surprisingly blustery when I visited Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

The statuesque tree is now full of leaves at that lovely, fresh light green stage of growth.

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

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After a recent cold snap with hailstorms the weather is getting warmer here in South Wales.

Of course that means it is slightly damper and it started to drizzle when I arrived at Cardiff’s Victoria Park to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) this week.

I was delighted to find the tree now had a distinct green tinge.

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The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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It has been a wet week here in South Wales but one morning I managed to find a weather window to visit the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

There has not been much visible development since my last visit but Spring has sprung all around, with a patch of crocuses in the grass beneath the tree.

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The husk of last year’s fruit on the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park

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Last week I made my first 2022 visit to the tree I have chosen to follow this year, a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Cardiff’s Victoria Park.

I was a tiny bit concerned I wouldn’t recognise it in winter but I needn’t have worried.

It is the tallest tree in this part of the park and I remembered it was near the bandstand. (more…)

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Looking up at the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Victoria Park

On my November visit to Cardiff’s Victoria Park two trees particularly caught my attention for their autumn colour, so I thought I would give them a blog post of their own. (more…)

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