A pretty little prunus

Our back garden is still evolving from the blank unloved canvas it began as when we bought our modest little home in November 2010.

It has already changed beyond recognition (one day I’ll sort out a dramatic ‘before and after’ post!), but there’s more to do. The current major project going on out there is Mr MBaF’s uber-shed construction – to house bikes, potting shed, and DIY workshop.

The privet hedge at the end of our patch has taken the full force of ‘project uber-shed’, so we’re currently lacking part of the boundary between us and the right-hand neighbours. It’ll get replaced somehow, somewhen. But I wanted something pretty to stop-up the gert big view into our neighbours garden that you get when sitting on our fancypants decking supping G&T (or mulled wine soon!).

I thought: small tree or large shrub, with flowers. I thought vibernum, probably a winter-flowering one for some off-season interest.

But then we went to the garden centre and I spied this little beauty!

It’s a weeping ornamental cherry, and it was standing demurely on its own next to the crabapples – with their shiny show-off fruits – asking me to take it home. Fate was sealed when Mr MBaF also really liked it – we rarely agree on these matters!

The little thing will, apparently, reach 8x5ft in ten years. The height sounds perfect, the width could be tricksy – but hey, we’ve got a while to figure that out.

Today – in the most beautiful sunshine – I dug up the astrantia and bindweed in her spot and worked in some soil improver. Then popped her in and gave her a drink.

She looked gorgeous. The low sun – the late summer light that Monty’s always on about – glowed through her leaves. This effect is completely underwhelming in the terrible shots below (which include Miss MBaF’s slide, and a bucket!!) – so you’ll just have to take my word for it!


I’m so chuffed – she should have great autumn colours,  lovely spring blossom, and I’m planning to plant hellebores and spring bulbs beneath.

I can’t wait to see how she settles in as the seasons pass.


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