Tag Archives: Trees

Wordless Wednesday – Stained glass shards

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Farewell, My Lovely

The Horse Chestnut will be sorely missed by locals, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts (it was a favourite roost for the local Barn Owls). Over the last few years the tree has been throwing out new growth at ground level, so … Continue reading

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Catkins – Dancing, tumbling, pollen-laden heralds of spring

The other day as I came round the corner of the alley, the sun was shining directly behind a young hazel tree and light was being dispersed by long, bouncing catkins. I had my phone with me so I took … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Bark(ing) Mad

Now that it is easy to see the wood from the trees, it is well worth taking a walk to check out how beautiful tree bark can be. These pictures were taken in Cambridge Botanical Gardens.

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In a Vase on Monday: Hedging my bets

It is large-scale, mechanical hedge-cutting season here in the Fens. The rule of thumb is to get it all done before the end of February, before the birds start nesting in earnest. Most of the time the results have the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – The upside down world in raindrops

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Ring of Fire

My autumn tree quest is never complete without a visit to Cambridge Botanical Gardens, primarily to check out the Liquidambar at the lake edge. It colours up quite early and is a fantastic sight, with its reflected glory in the … Continue reading

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Quince – Paradisal fruit within our reach

Imagine the Garden of Hesperides. Imagine eating one of the mythical golden apples that grant immortality. Then picture a quince. It’s possible they were one and the same (the ancient roman agricultural writer Columella speculated that they were). So there … Continue reading

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Opalescent trees: Visiting old friends

As autumn hots up (in colour at least) I find myself visiting some of my favourite trees to check how they’ve fared this year and see what triumphant crops and colours they are displaying just now. Many of them are … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – 08/07/2015 – Acer davidii and the beautiful butterfly tattoos

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