It’s that time of year again when the blossom is coming thick and fast on various trees around the garden and through the hedgerows. Some trees have already ‘gone over’: for example, the Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’ in the Summerhouse Garden and the apricot in the Walled Garden. However others are at their peak (like the nectarine and plums, see photos below) and there are many more to come like the apples and hawthorns. Extraordinary to think that all these trees and shrubs are members of just one group of plants, the rose family.
Unfortunately I’ve noticed that this recent cold snap has affected our Magnolia, turning the flowers brown over the last 48 hours. Let’s hope for better luck with our standard Wisteria this year which got frosted this way in 2011.