Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Its Blossom Time plus a few surprises.

Damson with Forsythia

 For several years I had a forsythia growing away happily(inherited from the previous owner as this is not a FG shrub) almost without noticing a sucker from a near bye Damson tree hid within the shrub until it was too late for me to stop it. What an interesting result and what a super crop of Damsons (I hope ) will follow this September.This is a warning though to anyone planting a Damson as they do tend to sucker and need attention each winter. The suckers can be lifted and will turn into viable trees if planted elsewhere.

Elaeagnus ebbegnei  fruit ing in March!!!! This pic taken last week 29th March

Who would believe it semi ripe fruit in March from my Elaeagnus wind break. Its evergreen, it fixes nitrogen for surrounding plants and the fruit is delicious when ripe (the whole fruit juiced makes a sublime drink).

This is a close up of The Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) foliage as it started to emerge last week.This tree looks fantastic as the foliage breaks out in spring and again in the autumn with its browns and rusty reds, eventually it will give us showy yellow flowers followed by seed pods containing a shiny black seeds which when roasted are a coffee substitute.

So there you have it a delightful selection of blossom, fruit and foliage very unusual for late March in the UK.
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