Posted: 21/11/2013 at 08:27
When I was at work, central to the the view from my window was a mature Prunus subhirtella 'autumnalis' growing in the centre of the lawn - such a delight throughout the winter.
It's one of my favourite flowering trees - I bought one for my parents' garden years ago and they loved it too.
Now I do not have a winter flowering cherry in my life - but I have a front lawn - I could plant one in the front corner by the driveway - I could underplant it with little pink cyclamen coum - it would look gorgeous - I am so tempted.
My one concern is that our front garden can be quite chilly - we're on the lower side of a small (Norfolk) valley and the frost does roll down the hill and settle here, whereas the back gardens, being terraced remain frost free on those mornings. However, there's no space to plant a cherry in the back garden.
I know that the tree will withstand hard frosts, but I only know how well it blossoms in sheltered gardens. Will I get the same quantity of blossom in mild spells in the winter in my frost pocket?
Does anyone have one in a similar spot?