Bluebell Arboretum

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!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to Bluebell Arboretum

  1. Hopefully there will be some regeneration

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