One of the exciting things about moving in to a new place is the fact that you never quite know what will come up in the garden. We first viewed this house in January. I could see that there was a climbing hydrangea to the right of the front door and a honeysuckle to the left wrapping itself around the drainpipe. I was pleased with both of these discoveries but particularly the honeysuckle. When it flowers it’s syrupy, sweet scent will be one of the first smells that greets us as we step up the steps to the front porch and enter the house. Smells are very important, especially ‘first smells’, which is why I insist that my cat, Boo, goes to the toilet outside as soon as it is warm enough for her to be out there all day. She’s been a bit spoilt of late due to the rain but I’m getting to the end of my patience with the litter tray!
Anyway, back to the garden.
I knew, in January, that there was a Hawthorn of sorts growing here.
What I didn’t know was that it would look like this around the time we moved in. There were several Hawthorn trees at the last house and they have a wonderful shape and very distinctive trunks. The blossom on those was white in colour and I loved them. This deep pink however leaves me standing in awe. It’s quite spectacular.
I think that the exact variety is Hawthorn Crataegus Laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’. They are extremely hardy trees and will produce copious amounts of berries in the autumn that will stand the birds in pretty good stead and will also allow me to make some great Haw jelly that I have never attempted before but is apparently a great alternative to Cranberry Jelly.
It was Friday afternoon, almost two weeks ago, Robert was at work and it was my job to pick the keys up from the estate agents. The twins were at my mum-in-law’s and Jodie came with me. After pulling in to the empty drive, I whooped and hollered a lot, shed a wee tear, hugged my sister, screamed a small amount and then saw the Hawthorn. It was the perfect backdrop to my ‘Just Got the Keys to the New House’ photo that everyone has taken. God bless the iPhone.
I then took this one and sent it to Robert at his desk with a note saying “Hello from our new neighbours”
William Morris said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I think the same about the garden however what I may love another may loathe. Personally I have taken a long time to come around to the Hosta but I believe that this new garden may see some with a variegated leaf to sit alongside two Hakuro Nishiki, Salix. One of which I planted in about seven minutes flat when the sun came out a couple of days ago.
I have a feeling that this garden is the garden of a lifetime. But I never want to forget that first time I drove up with the keys to the house in my sweaty palm and saw the vibrant pink of that Hawthorn. Thank you to whoever planted it all those years ago. You have made me a very happy gardener.
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