Another exuberant plant this year is Pseudopanax aboreus or Five Finger from New Zealand. I feel a little (please note only “little”) bit guilty about this thriving shrub/small tree. Perhaps 5 years ago we ordered it from a well-known nursery, when it arrived I knocked it out of the pot only to find that it didn’t have any roots. Of course I complained and quite rightly they sent us a replacement. Both have done well. Sometimes it works out for the best.
All week we have lived with the ominous threat of “turning very cold on Thursday” over our heads. The day arrived; I packed emergency longjohns wore my winter coat, shoulders hunched in anticipation. Actually it was a beautiful day, true it was a little on the nippy side, but the sun shone, the wind blew and we had visitors galore. Friends and relations, wayward dogs and villagers; all welcome.