The day I am writing this has been day about trees. It is still, just (only just) the time to plant them and it is the time to be pruning them. It is also the time to admire them in their autumn glory.
The deciduous trees are shedding their leaves quickly and quietly, they have coloured up and fallen down. I have quite a few trees in the garden and they all play their part and all have their moment when they are at their most special. Last year, almost to the day, I wrote about my quest for the right liquidamber. I planted a Liquidamber styraciflua 'Stared' and I was (am) very pleased with it.
I then spent a year making sure that it did not die. I kept it watered in the dry weeks and looked at it lovingly every time I wandered to the top of the garden. I am pretty sure that looking lovingly on plants does help them grow. Either that or it gives them a total complex and they wither.....
All the trees in the garden are special, and on this day the liquidamber celebrated its birthday by shining in the late autumn sun.