Promise of Things to Come (Tree Following June 2017)

It’s tree following time again. Thanks, as always, go to Squirrelbasket for hosting this meme. As regular readers will know, I’m being lazy and am following a tree standing in the middle of my front lawn. I don’t mean I’m standing in the middle of my front lawn; rather the tree is.

Which, of course, makes the task of following it an easy one because it’s in no hurry to actually go anywhere.

For the first time I can remember, this year the tree had the chance to perform properly through the spring, displaying its blossom for a full period. In earlier years, the opening of blossom has usually been followed, in about 24 hours, by some storm that obligingly stripped all the blossom off the tree and deposited it on the lawn beneath.

And just a month later, the tree is showing more promise of delights to come as it is now covered in forming fruits. These are mainly still green but, here and there, some are starting to turn orange, the precursor to their ultimate brilliant red.

Just a hint of something other than green

I just wish I could remember the variety this tree is. Are the fruits edible? Who knows. If anyone fancies a garden visit with a serving of crab-apple pie, please let me know (and sign the obligatory disclaimer).

But meanwhile, the tree’s feet need attention. One of the hakonechloa I planted around the base in March has snuffed it and another is looking decidedly unhealthy. But a quick word with the nursery I bought them from, and the opportunity to visit High Glanau Manor (about which I’ll blog separately) presented by a rare plant fair, and I have some replacements. And a few extras.

And the promise of a few more later in the year if I want them. That’s customer service for you.

5 thoughts on “Promise of Things to Come (Tree Following June 2017)

  1. It’s looking good – but as for the hakonechloa, I thought grass could survive anything!
    All the best for the fruits of your labours 🙂

    1. Thanks Pat. I think the grasses that will survive anything are the thuggish ones – invasive. Better-behaved ones like Hakonechloa are more delicate, especially in the immediate post-planting stage. Maybe I didn’t water enough given that they are competing with a tree for moisture (and when I lifted the dead ones, I uncovered a massive ants’ nest which wasn’t there earlier).

    1. Sorry for the day’s delay in replying – for some reason both your comments were blocked as spam. Don’t know why.

      But thanks for dropping by.

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