Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Linden of Queen Square, Bath

This stately Tilia sp. graces the small park outside the Institution for whom I work.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Tiny mushrooms on Linden bark

These tiny mushrooms are growing on the bark of a large, and totally healthy, Linden or Lime tree, Tilia sp. I think they are Mycena clavularis, though I would have needed a pair of tweezers and a hand lens to be certain... whatever the case they are quite wonderful!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Urban Arboretum

Queen Square in Bath, just outside the museum for whom I work, has a magnificent collection of trees, which look at their best at this time of the year. So many 18th and 19th century parks contain wonderful mature trees, what a debt of gratitude we owe our fore fathers!

Post-Industrial Alder










One of my favourite spots in the centre of Bristol, Alders have colonised these rotting wooden piles around an old swing bridge. No doubt their roots provide a nice habitat for fish and invertebrates too. It's lovely to see how trees take root wherever they are allowed to. Will all of this be first again one day? Who can say for sure?

I'm not sure whether they are the native Alnus glutinosa or Alnus cordata which I'm told is used as a street tree locally due to it's tolerance of pollution.

I haven't managed much blogging in the past two and a half years (my growing family has seemed rather more important than either bonsai or natural history), but it would be nice to start again.