First there was my namesake Storm Ciara and now we are expecting Storm Dennis. Our five-year-old is quite excited and keeps on asking when he’s going to arrive as if he’s an old friend coming to visit. But all these storms are taking their toll on trees. To add to their arboreal woes this week we got a letter from our local council about the sad impact of Ash Dieback which means that many ash trees have become unsafe and will have to be taken out in a managed programme.
We had the tree surgeons round this week. The annual hair cut for our fig, holly, bay, pear and apple trees, as well as a good trim for the buddleia, vine, Philadelphus and laurel lets light into our garden and makes me hopeful for the coming growing season.
So I will begin this week’s six with one of those recently lopped trees. As ever I am joining in with The Propagator and his marvellous Six on Saturday meme.
1. Fig and Mahonia
We inherited this wonderfully gnarled and twisted fig tree which is perfect for small people to climb in the winter months before it gains its lush green canopy. Sadly, the prolific fruit always fall before ripening, but it still earns its place in the garden for its magical appearance. At the moment it is woven through with dazzling yellow Mahonia which smells rather lovely up close.
2. Smart laurel
The tree surgeons have given a nice shape to the large laurel bush in our front garden. Some people don’t like them but I think I would miss it’s shiny evergreen foliage if it wasn’t there.
3. Clematis armandii
Regular SOS-ers will remember that a few weeks ago I was complaining about how overgrown this Spring flowering clematis is. I had to wait until it had flowered to cut it back. It has now started flowering and will continue for a few weeks. The blooms are lovely, but I am hoping it will survive Storm Dennis as it is on an exposed south facing wall (we are near the top of a hill).
4. Tête-à-tête narcissi
It’s daffodil time and I do love these sweet dwarf narcissi coming up for their second year.
5. Unnamed narcissi
I planted these in a pot last year and now they are coming round for a second season. I can’t remember the name but they look elegant with their slender green flower heads waiting to unfurl.
We have lots of these self-seeded Euphorbias. I’m not sure whether I like them but they provide ground cover for now.
That’s it for this week. SOS-ers in the UK stay safe when Storm Dennis arrives. Hopefully he won’t be too much of a menace!