Today we celebrate!

Today we celebrate!

We have a Weeping Willow in our garden. Last year it looked very sick, leaves turning yellow and falling off during the summer. Looking at that tree you could have been forgiven for thinking that autumn had arrived in August.

This what our tree should have looked like at this time of year:

and this is what it actually looks like now:

A few weeks ago we pronounced it dead which was quite upsetting because it had been such a lovely tree.

Then today whilst we were in the garden I noticed that in a number of places on branches near the main trunks there were little spots of light green – leaves! So it isn't dead yet smilies

Most of the existing smaller branches are, almost certainly, dead and we will have to wait until the tree starts to grow new branches and, hopefully, over time we will get our tree back. We shall have to cosset and nurture it in the hope that recovery will one day be complete.

Keep your fingers crossed.

2 thoughts on “Today we celebrate!

  1. How is the Weeping Willow coming along? Have you received adviced on what sort of cosseting it should get? For instance, does a tree that size get cut-back? How gorgeous it used to be…and here’s hoping that it is so, again.

    We have a bouginvillea which was devastated during the snow this winter. Thankfully the advice from the garden center was correct. The bush was cut back, almost to the ground, and now it is covered with dark waxy green leaves and well on the way to recovery.

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  2. The Weeping Willow still has its little leaves in places. A tree of that size would not normally be cut back.

    As far as cosseting goes we are giving it the occasional long drink to be on the safe side and Amanda reads it a bedtime story every night before it goes to sleep. :-)

    Any advice around here comes from Amanda – she is a qualified (PhD) biologist with a special interest in botany.

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