On Monday, we took a detour to get home from my parents, visiting a plant nursery in the Midlands. I have been on the lookout for a dogwood with black stems and am not sure the Cornus alba Kesselringii I bought is it but time will tell.
Anyway, the nursery has also developed an arboretum on the premises. Twenty-six years ago, the site was an open field. Now, one area is well developed, with ponds
trees and other plants.
There wasn’t a sign giving a name for the flowers I was particularly taken with… similar to the dogwood I had fallen in love with at Harlow Carr. However, I will look into the matter.
The newer section was suffering terribly with this summer’s drought. Apparently, smaller bushes have been dying, although established trees are okay because of their root systems. Streams had been built into the landscape but these had all dried up and there were huge cracks in the ground.
However, one tree will not be affected by anymore extreme weather events. It is a petrified tree from before the dinosaurs – absolutely fascinating!