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Making the most of a sun-shiney day

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It was just like summer yesterday – glorious!
We had promised to plant a tree in Chiara’s name (our first grandchild, born last April in Australia, who we had fun meeting in December). The cherry tree chosen is Prunus serrula, because you can’t walk past it without stroking it, and the same goes for chubby, smiley little Chiara!! (Son No.1 is a tad cleverer on the computer than me! Chiara’s other grandparents are Italian, hence the Catholic Church; Lobethal is near Adelaide, so no, we won’t be there, but that’s OK :)))

On her first birthday, the tree should be blossoming, so I will take a proper photo then. :)
“We” made a new small flower bed, and at the foot of the Cherry I planted two lovely Heuchera ‘frosted violet’, three Primula ‘rosea grandiflora’, and a Prunus ‘Ko-jo-mai’.


The white flower in this Spring bed has been flowering for weeks . . .

Happy Primula

Anemone Blanda (it’s a darker blue than this really :)))

I love purple Arabis with my favourite Carex ‘brunnera variegata’

Hope you’re all enjoying a sun-shiney day too. :))

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Garden looking pretty, Sheila. Lovely idea to plant the tree for Chiara ... She is so cute ... :o)

25 Mar, 2012

 

Thanks Terra . . . she is!

25 Mar, 2012

 

Lovely Sheila,the Anemone blanda are little stars just like your grandchild,I'm sure!

25 Mar, 2012

 

Fantastic, Chiara will be walking soon Sheila !

The tree and the planting look beautiful and I want to say an extra thank you for the prunus "Kojo-no-mai" That's the tree I will be buying in the Autumn :)) Small enough to grow in a pot.

25 Mar, 2012

 

Such a lovely tree to plant Sheila, to celebrate your little grandaughters birth, she is beautiful and funny enough our little grandaughter is to be baptised in the Catholic church too on the 29th April. I look forward to seeing your tree grow.

25 Mar, 2012

 

What a lovely idea. I wish both your grand daughter and the cherry tree to flourish.
I wish I had the space in my garden to do the same for my first and only grand daughter. Her other grandparents are Catholic of Irish decent, but the christening will take place in a Greek Orthodox church in Golders Green London in July.
We are fortunate enough to live not far away and we can see our grand daughter many days a week.

25 Mar, 2012

 

Bless her, she is obviously going to be the disc-jockey at all family parties, lol.
Sheila its grand here, I have been good today and caught up inside first but still plenty of time to be outside and an extra hour after tea if I want, I love it.
Lots of colour in your garden as well, it really spurs one on and certainly boosts ones mood, I love the idea of stroking the tree, hope it does well for you....

25 Mar, 2012

 

Thank you for joining me Julia . . and Pimm's, yes, I have another Prunus 'ko-jo-mai' in a pot . . . and Grandmage . . . and Costas . . . and Lin! If you saw a Prunus serrula Lin - it has a shiny bark, like mahogany, which just asks to be stroked!

25 Mar, 2012

 

Been a gorgeous hot day - love the photos Sheila Prunus ‘Ko-jo-mai is very pretty and a pretty garden to boot - love the pictures this time of year - Spring early summer the best :))))))

25 Mar, 2012

 

Absolutely Paul . . . love it!

25 Mar, 2012

 

:)))))))))))

25 Mar, 2012

 

What a lovely little girl Chiara is,Sheilabub..Can't believe she is almost one already..! time goes too quickly..the tree is a lovely thing to plant for her..and what better than to be able to hug it,till you see her again :o)

25 Mar, 2012

 

It's such a lovely idea Sheila and that bed is very pretty.

25 Mar, 2012

 

How big does Kojo mai get if planted in the ground? Its perfection isn't it?

25 Mar, 2012

 

Just 8ft tall with a 6 to 8ft spread...I think it is Stera.

25 Mar, 2012

 

Chiara is very sweet - she looks like she's got control of the 'sounds'
It will be a lovely day and I'm sure your tree will give you as much pleasure :)

25 Mar, 2012

 

Thank you Sticki and Stera . . . the Kojo mai that we've planted in the ground are still only knee-high. So, although reluctant to argue with Pimm's, I don't think they grow to more than 3ft, with 2ft spread max. (Mind you, there's more rain where he lives, lol.)

Thanks Scottish . . . my son is clever at these computer "mock-ups"!

26 Mar, 2012

 

What a lovely idea Sheilab, and isn`t it great to have a son that can send you entertaining pics as Chiara is growing up.

26 Mar, 2012

 

Oh no!.....How old is yours Sheila ? I want a bit of height eventually.

26 Mar, 2012

 

Love the idea of planting a tree to celebrate Chiara's birth......the garden is looking very pretty Sheila.

26 Mar, 2012

 

Thank you very much Stroller . . . and Dotty!

Pimm's - this is interesting. Ours are in their third year - the soil isn't great, but they are slow growers. I've just delved further into this tree on this site, and see that one member had one that grew to 6ft in nine years, but then stopped flowering. The photos of others' show it like ours, and I've always thought of it as The Dwarf Cherry. The decision is yours!

27 Mar, 2012

 

Hmm..I will do some more research Sheila. All the Stockists I found give the same 8x8ft hieght and spread. Back to scratching my head if you are right...mind you it is so pretty I would not mind ;)

27 Mar, 2012

 

You are right that it is pretty - and in your favourite season the leaves turn dark red. :)
Karensusan also grows this one, and her horticultural know-how is brilliant. Maybe see what she thinks?!

28 Mar, 2012

 

Lovely new bed Sheila! :) Thanks for the mention ;)

1 Apr, 2012

 

Hi Karen . . . thank you. :))

1 Apr, 2012

 

btw sheila..not all magnolias are so quick to stop flowering. My 'Heaven Scent' flowers well in to the summer. It puts on a big show during April, but there were flowers until July last year. I love it. I was out there today pulling down the flowers for a sniff! :) They are like pale pink goblets against the blue sky. It doesn't get too big either, and grows in a lovely elegant shape. Sorry, you did say you don't have room! :))))

1 Apr, 2012

 

! :))

1 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks again, Karen. In fact, that's such a good recommendation that I shall pass it on to a friend: she loves Magnolias, bought one from T & M last year, and it is still the "stick" she planted. I'm hoping she'll get recompense, but am not holding my breath. :((

2 Apr, 2012

 

Playing catch up as usual, Sheila ... such a lovely idea to plant a tree in Chiaras name ... can't believe how the time has flown by since her birth! ... :o)

11 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks Shirley - I know, it's almost unbelievable! Btw, you forgot to say "she's gorgeous", lol!!

11 Apr, 2012

 

Ha ha, Sheila, it goes without saying! ... :o)

12 Apr, 2012

 

:)))

12 Apr, 2012

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