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Persimmon tree

October 11, 2016 Leave a comment
Autumn persimmon

Autumn persimmon

Our persimmon tree has no fruit this year but it does have a pretty crown of autumn-coloured leaves.

It’s not the most robust of trees – maybe the altitude’s too high for it. Its slight lean is being corrected by a stake propped at an angle.

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Out of the lion’s mouth

May 6, 2016 2 comments
Spring water emerging

Spring water emerging

There isn’t a lion’s mouth for the water to come out of but I’d love it if there were.

This is water from the spring, emerging to cascade down the waterfall we built for it years ago.

The pipe above was broken after a stake got driven through it, but Giovanni and I repaired it by threading through a new pipe of a slightly smaller bore.

Now the pond at the bottom is full again and there’s the music of water in the garden – for as long as rain feeds the spring, that is.

Putting the grapefruit tree outside

August 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The grapefruit tree in its new, bracing location

The grapefruit tree which started as a pip 4 years ago has spent its summer indoors so far.

I did in fact put it out earlier in the year, but such a wind blew up that I thought it wouldn’t cope and I brought it in again.

After that it started growing this incredible upward branch which I didn’t want to risk getting broken.

The upward branch has continued, as if seeking the sun, so that it now towers more than a metre above the rest of the plant. It gives the tree a totally unbalanced appearance, and yet we’re reluctant to cut it as its large, glossy leaves make it look healthier than the rest of the plant.

Today we decided to put the little tree in a half-way house in the shelter of a wall, next to a cotoneaster growing from above, and with its top tied loosely to a stake. Unfortunately there’s quite a wind blowing so it’s getting a bit of a trial by fire.

Nonetheless we hope that this dose of the real world will make it bush out a bit.