Wandering past the Trochodendron aralioides last week, I suddenly slammed on the brakes. Still partially encaged within its bud, tantalisingly close to emerging, was the first flower to grace this wonderful shrub, also known as the Wheel Tree. I felt that this monumental event warranted, if not killing the fatted calf perhaps an extra Winter Mixture*. Then I got to thinking, what if it is flowering now because it is stressed, a last-ditch attempt to propagate itself before it pops its clogs. Now instead of enjoying the moment I am worrying. I just can’t win with me sometimes. I ate the Winter Mixture anyway, I needed consoling.
* Delicious assortment of boiled sweets in flavours such as clove, menthol and spearmint. Very good for you (possibly).