Blos­som de­light . . . a bee favourite

Bay News - - YOUR GARDEN - Ginny Clark

I think cherry trees are a def­i­nite must for all gar­dens and, with clever plant­ing of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties, you can have beau­ti­ful dis­plays from Au­gust through to Novem­ber.

Driv­ing back from Whanga¯rei last week I couldn’t help but no­tice the Awanui cherry trees flow­er­ing. Tau­ranga is a real de­light now with cherry trees in near full blos­som all around town.

Drive down St Regis Way or Greer­ton Vil­lage and have a look at Prunus Awanui cherry trees flank­ing the road. Stop and have a look at them with the blue sky be­hind and wit­ness the hun­dreds of bees, hap­pily buzzing amongst the soft baby pink flow­ers.

Cherry blos­soms are also a big favourite of wax­eyes and tuis and are an im­por­tant food source for them at this time of year, when many other nec­tar pro­duc­ing plants are not yet in flower.

I also love Prunus Shimidsu Sakura. It is de­servedly one of the most pop­u­lar flow­er­ing spread­ing cherry trees. It makes awon­der­ful shade tree, with its pink to white fully dou­ble blos­soms and canopy shape to about 4x4m.

If you are af­ter a smaller cherry tree to adorn your gar­den, then I sug­gest ei­ther Prunus Pen­dula Rosea or Prunus Fall­ing Snow. Both will grow to only about 2mto 3m high. Rosea has slen­der, wil­lowy arch­ing branches which be­come cov­ered in light-pink flow­ers and Fall­ing Snow is am­ag­nif­i­cent slen­der, weep­ing tree decked in small, snowy white, sin­gle blooms with pink sta­mens.

At Decorwe also have some lovely flow­er­ing crab ap­ples, which are just start­ing to show blos­som. Again, these are good for a smaller gar­den with some of them be­ing­weep­ers and oth­ers small trees which will also pro­duce crabap­ples that can be eaten or ad­mired on the tree.

One of the things that I like about these lovely blos­som­ing trees is the won­der­ful car­pet of flow­ers you get on the lawns be­neath them. There is a real feel of spring and the promise of sum­mer.

So while you are out and about over the next cou­ple of weeks, search out some flow­er­ing cherry trees, sit be­neath one and look up in won­der at their beauty and en­joy the bee and birdlife. I think cherry trees are a def­i­nite must for all gar­dens and­with clever plant­ing of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties, you can have beau­ti­ful dis­plays from Au­gust through to Novem­ber.

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Cherry blos­soms: A real feel of spring in the air.

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