2018 has begun miserably with rain, cloud and mud. So one has to find things in the garden to cheer one up. Scarlet berries for example. Cotoneaster lacteus has been weighed down with brilliant scarlet berries though the birds are now devouring them. Our shrub was planted in 1990 and is now 20 feet or more and an elegant branching shape. It has been pruned from time to time but only to lift its skirts the better to admire the bark and catch glimpses of the garden beyond.
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