Life’s a Bowl of Cherries

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Just on the right in the main entrance of he Harris garden you will come across this flowering Cherry, Prunus ‘Tai Haku’ meaning great white. We have quite a few on campus of varying ages; for me it’s one the best flowering Cherries because of the sheer volume and opulence of its flowering display. It was lost to cultivation until found in a garden in Sussex and reintroduced, it’s readily available now and I have plans to plant more! My other favourite cherries are p. sargentii which has great autumn colour, the winter flowering P.subhertilla ‘autumnalis’ and ‘Rosea’. I also love our native P. avium , we have loads of them on campus and unlike the Japanese cherries they get tall. At the moment they are stunning in the woodland edges all around Whiteknights campus.
The gent you can see photographing the cherry is Dominik Croe , head of Grounds for Bonn University, he shadowed me for a week and we had a good time looking at plants, talking about machines and moaning about difficult staff and lack of funds! We ate well too, so I am now going to have to work a bit harder to get back in shape, joy :-/ I look forward to going out there to visit him and will post pictures of Dahlia ‘Bonner Universitat’ given to us as a present by him.

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