My plant of the moment.
I’m sure that we all have plants in our gardens that stand out, for a while they are so beautiful that flowers around them get ignored. The plant that catches my eye every time I wander in the garden at the moment is a small tree, Amelanchier lamarckii.
Some years it doesn’t flower, I think due to the Bullfinches eating all the flower buds.
That’s why the flowers are so precious when they do appear.
Even though there aren’t that many of them at any one time
I’ve seen other trees absolutely smothered in flowers. There are 6 at the Oncology Centre in Exeter, so many flowers you can’t see any leaves and they are pruned to a very round shape, I prefer mine!
The flowers turn into black berries in the summer and are then enjoyed by the birds.
When the leaves are backlit by the sun, they are breathtakingly beautiful!
The leaves turn green for the summer and then orange/red in the autumn.
It really is a tree for all 4 seasons, it’s winter silhouette is still beautiful to look at and a good place for the birds to safely roost amongst the twiggy branches.
By now you will have guessed that I am rather fond of this little tree. It is good for wildlife, even though they do eat the flower buds, and good for me as it makes that area of the garden look rather pretty at various times of the year.What is your plant of the moment, I would love to hear about it?