April - the month for cherries

The cherries in the garden have been looking wonderful this year. The first to flower is Kursar whose pink flowers appear in March. It has a rather short season and is not my favourite but looks good with the spring heathers in our drive. The next in flower is Pandora with lovely pale pink blossom. then in April the garden seems absolutely full of cherry blossom. White Shirotae, glistening flowers hanging over the yew hedge; glorious Tai Haku, the great white cherry reintroduced by Kentish plantsman 'Cherry' Ingram and then Sargentii whose red stalks contrast so beautifully with the pink flowers, Padus colorata with dark red foliage and pink racemes - oh and I must not forget that our pink and white Prusus subhirtilla autumnalis is still in flower. What a star this little tree is. Despite frost and cold it has been flowering off and on since November and has put on a great last minute show this month. Cherries do well here. The farm used to grow cherries commercially years ago and the ground must suit them - dry, sunny and slightly alkaline.

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