is having one of its best years ever.
The weather has suited it and so it is not only flowering prolifically but has not been damaged by frost.
This afternoon it was looking particularly
beautiful in the spring light. This tree is fairly remarkable. It is highly likely that this plant is one of those that came from Chenault of Orleans who received seeds from the Arnold Arboretum which had been collected by Ernest Wilson in 1908, and which he multiplied by grafting. It flowered at Caerhays http://www.caerhays.co.uk/in 1931.
The tree here at High Beeches was blown down in the great Storm of 1987. The decision was made to cover the root ball as much as possible and to prune it back. The tree has continued to grow and flower each year ever since. One of the surviviors of a terrible night.
Today a visitor to the garden was stunned by the sheer quantity of flower.