A Tree for Small Gardens
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.