Trees at Belvoir

If my salary depended on blog updates, the company would be in the drink!

As you gardeners know the ‘back end’ of the year is always a busy one! We have just finished planting up a design in Lincoln that had a large Cedar dominating the proceedings. I’m pleased to say he now looks part of the furniture, doesn’t take centre stage any more, but still has all his beautiful sweeping branches. Photos to follow:

So what have I been doing… well the Cedar is the link.

Studying trees and reading up on my garden history. This all started because we are currently listing and mapping all the trees at Belvoir Castle, as you can imagine there are some magnificent specimens.

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This fabulous Oak, who has certainly stood the test of time was planted in Tudor times!  We do not have a date yet, but this gnarled old trunk supports one of the oldest trees on the estate.

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The large tree in the background is probably one of the easiest to identify. This is the Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria araucana) whose seeds were first sent from Chile to the United Kingdom in 1841. The records at Belvoir show the tree was planted in 1842, so it must be one of the first to be planted in the Country.

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From the same family as the Monkey Puzzle, this Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) was first identified in Australia as recently as 1994. This was planted at Belvoir in 2008, so again will be one of the first in the country. I’m not sure what it will think to our harsh winters so we will keep a close eye on this one.

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This is a Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), known in Japan as the Sugi which is their national tree. But as this lovely old tree is not labelled the jury is still out on my nomenclature!

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This is the fruit of the Magnolia (Magnolia campbellii mollicomata). This large variety is one of the  first to flower in February with large, pink to rose-purple water lilies. It can take 10-15 years before the first flowers appear – luckily this one now covers herself with a stunning display. (Pics to follow in Spring).

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This superb display of autumn colour is from the Sorbus sargentiana. If you look at the picture of the Monkey Puzzle tree you will see this one in the background. Walk past this in the spring and summer and you just wouldn’t believe what a spectacular display is about to unfold.

Well enough of my indulgence – if you see someone hugging trees you will now have a good idea who it is!