A perfect day for gardening

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Simon with his cherry treeI know at this time of year a lot of people hardly even see their garden, but I have been outside a lot just recently as it's a great time to plant trees. I like to buy bare root trees, as they are a lot cheaper and easy to transport than their pot grown cousins.

The problem is, if you plant them in the spring or the summer, you are forever heading out with a hose or bucket to stop them dying out. By planting at this time of year the roots get a chance to settle in and develop a few root hairs before the summer. I will have to water a bit but hopefully by next summer it will be self-sufficient.

This year I decided to plant some fruit trees and so I thought I'd share a picture of my cherry tree. This variety is a Biggareau Napoleon. I chose it as it has a lovely flavour but also a pale white flesh so is supposedly less attractive to the birds!

Although I don't hold out huge hope for a bountiful supply of cherries that the birds give me first picking of, I love the blossom in the spring (and there's always a net!).

I have also planted a red oak in memory of our last two dogs. We will sprinkle their ashes under the tree and as it grows we will be able to remember them and all of the lovely times we had together outside on our walks.

Can't wait to see what the new year brings in the garden!

Happy new year!

Simon x

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