Our little gum tree is becoming quite a mighty thing. At about 9 years old, it towers over the massive oak behind it in our neighbour’s garden and it’s finally spending some of its energy to get fat, not just tall.
This time of year it is especially lovely. It’s got all kinds of new spring growth at the end of every branch.
I especially like the ruffly look it gets as it sheds its bark. It’s making itself room to get nice and fat.
This tree is indigenous to the area which is why we planted it. I only hope it stops growing soon. If it reaches full height – which is probably double its current height (usually up to 25 m) I may have to give up growing vegetables because it will shade my whole garden. I didn’t have veggies when I planted it. I love it, find it beautiful, but fear it all the same.
ooo I do love a good nosey in your garden it’s so amazing! xx
I’m still being amazed by it. I wonder when it gets boring. People talk about downsizing and moving into small apartments but I’m not anywhere near ready for that yet.
I totally agree. She has an amazingly beautiful space. A not-so-little oasis-paradise! I love it! With all her talent and interests, I could not imagine conventional apt living. No way — what a waste of a rather broad skill set it would be!
I wonder when (if) I’ll ever have the urge to downsize. I’m at an age when I should be thinking about giving up the house and big garden when all I really dream of is more space to plant an orchard, a full crop of potatoes, onions and garlic….
And thanks for the compliment 🙂
yes so true. x
Oh I love any kind of peeling bark – that is a huge tree already! It is continuous battle to decide on having trees, but needing sunshine…
I would be less worried if the tree produced fruit like your gorgeous lychee. That, at least, would be a trade off.
Makes me feel like it’s summer again reading your blog. Everything here in England is autumnal, yard covered with leaves; cold crisp days (although this being England, quite a few cold,soggy days)….
Summer is pretty close now. No cold, soggy days for me for a while. I’m always happy to see summer peeping around the corner but I know on those sweltering days I’ll be longing for an English winter’s day.