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Ma Mimosa - Here I Go Again ! Featured

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Gardening Diary 27nd February 2018

Back in February 2012 we were subject to three very cold days, even colder than the current chilly weather that has swept the country from the east. Like many other gardeners in this region, we lost our mimosa tree that was estimated to be around 20 years old. Within days the flowers had dissapeared and the thinner branches turned black. Gardeners should live in a spirit of hope, so I left the tree for a year to see if it really had gone. Indeed something was still alive and the following spring new shoots of this very recognisable tree started to appear from the gravel covered surroundings having emerged from the root system. Actually so may appeared that it became a bit of a nuisance removing them, but one eventually appeared close to the dead trunk of the original tree. I protected this with a wire cage and let it develop in the coming years. With a bit of simple pruning of the main stem, we now have a 250 cm tree with a trunk diameter of about 3 cm.

And this year it has produced flowers for the first time !  Just hoping that two nights at - 7 oC don't put us back another six years!

 Taylor Trainingen

Inspiratie Pakhuis




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