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A Tree for Small Gardens

March 15, 2013


I love this tree every time I pass it in a street in Peckham and not just for the lovely pale pink blossom it also has attractive deep-redish plum leaves. It’s Prunus cerasifera and although it may be short-lived this one is 6 years old and is in very good health. They make excellent specimen trees for small gardens, probably not growing much bigger than this, and the airy canopy lets in light throughout autumn and winter so there’s an opportunity to under-plant with spring bulbs and low-growing hellebore.


My shallots and red onions have come through plus a second sowing of broad beans all of which I shall put outside in the pop up greenhouse till I can get to the allotment next week.  So it feels like progress is being made and today I sowed Cerinthe major (image below) from seeds saved last year. The bees love this annual and it’s a pretty plant for cutting and looks great on the edge of beds. I also sowed beetroot and rainbow chard in trays in  the heated propagator. I recommend the half-size seed trays for sowing small amounts regularly.


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  1. March 18, 2013 12:58 pm

    I wish the people who had our house before us had read this – we have two lovely trees but they are really too big for our garden. We had to have the tree surgeon in to reduce them last year because they were killing not only our lawn and plants but those of the next door neighbour too – eeek!

    • March 18, 2013 2:49 pm

      Yes big trees cause lots of problems especially when they take water and nutrients from surrounding ground. The French walnut in the garden next door to me is three storeys high!!!

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