How does your garden grow – Goodbye, trees

The other day my younger son pointed out to me that, even though our ‘haircut tree’ still has its leaves, it also has the buds for next spring already. In my head I could already see how it would change next spring. And then I remembered. It wouldn’t be my tree next spring.



We have quite a lot of trees, and I realised I spend a fair amount of time looking at them.

We don’t know what the haircut tree is actually called, but we call it the haircut tree because of the way it grows. It’s a short, fat little thing which doesn’t grow taller. Its branches grow downwards and twice a year it needs a ‘haircut’. It’s like giving it a bob.


The haircut tree is the backdrop for many of my photos. If the kids are wearing something nice or they’ve got a certificate or something to show off, I stick them in front of the haircut tree for a photo.


Where will I take my photos when we move?!

But the haircut tree isn’t the only tree I love. We’ve got a lot of amazing trees in our garden.

There’s the cherry blossom right outside our front door. No big deal for 11 months of the year, but from the moment the buds of the blossom appear – themselves rather like little cherries, to the first blooms to the tree in full blossom – it is truly spectacular. It looks the same ever year, but that doesn’t stop me photographing it every year because it’s so beautiful.


Then there’s the apple tree, which is very big and produces a quite ridiculous number of (inedible) apples a year. They make a mess on the grass and attract loads of wasps and flies, but the blossom in the spring is so pretty that it’s all OK. The apples look beautiful when they’re bright red too, it’s just unfortunate they taste horrible.


Out the back we have a large tree called ‘the wiggly tree’. I think it’s proper name is a twisted willow. It was quite small when we moved in, but was surrounded by all sorts of shrubs and it had nowhere to grow. When we cleared all the overgrown stuff, it thrived and grew enormous, taking over a big portion of the back garden.


My other favourite tree isn’t even in our garden, but it’s right opposite our house and I seem to spend an awful lot of time looking at it. It’s the first to come to life every spring and the first to turn and lose its leaves every autumn. The blossom is pink and plentiful and lasts three days. Blink and you’ll miss it. The leaves are a dark reddy brown at first before turning green, then they go flame red in autumn before flying away.

The best thing about this tree is the kids can stand in it and sit in it. They spend hours up that tree just chatting to their friends.


We might only be going round the corner, but I’m going to have to say goodbye to all my lovely trees. There will be trees at the new house, of course, but I bet they won’t be anywhere near as good as my lovely trees.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. You have some amazing trees. I’d’ve the haircut one, it really does look all fat 🙂 we have that last one on our lawn and its my favourite. Took me 4 years to find out its a copper beach. I love the flame red on it. The colour is fantastic!

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  2. I love the fact that you have just made up your own names for the trees. Where I grew up there was a park nearby with three very low trees in a row that you could climb in. The middle tree had a very easy branch to hoist yourself up on and so many children had done that over the years that it had worn smooth, giving the effect of a chocolate coating on the branch. Hence, we called them the chocolate trees. I have never found out what kind of trees they actually were.

    I do hope your new house will have trees that can become old friends in time!

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  3. You really do have some lovely trees out there. Must be so strange to think you won’t be seeing them blossoming again. You’ll create new memories and traditions with the new garden, I’m sure x

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  4. You have some amazing trees. This was something that was hard for me when we moved. We had a lovely plum tree and had recently planted an apple tree, which was meant to signify the children growing up. Now our garden is still in such a state we couldn’t even plant a tree.
    What’s the new house like, do you have trees there?

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  5. what a lovely post… I hope you come to love the new trees just as much! we’ve just moved from a flat to a house with a garden with the most enormous apple tree. I’m already starting to panic about moving and leaving that lovely tree! x

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  6. It’s nice that the haircut tree plays such a big role in your garden. I’m envious you have a cherry blossom, they smell amazing! I hope your new trees bring you as much happiness as these ones have 🙂

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  7. You do have beautiful trees – and you have lovely photos to remember them. I thought that when we moved I wouldn’t be able to love the new, that I would be always comparing – but a garden, like your home is about family and making memories and you’ll make new ones xx

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  8. i am sure you will find some new trees when you move. but i understand, it is always hard leaving trees you love and have cared for behind. and oooooo cherry blossom trees. i love those so much

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  9. love the naming of the haircut tree! i’m sure you will have new tree buddies when you move, maybe you could find out what the haircut tree really is and plant a new one at your new home?

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  10. What a shame that the apples from your tree are inedible! I love the haircut tree, great name for it ( i have no idea either what is really is but I bet if you tweeted the RHS a leaf photo of it they might be able to identify)..

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  11. Ah such lovely photos of your trees, I’d be sad to say goodbye to them too – hopefully there will be some more where you are going. If not – you’ll have to get planting! Seeing blossom this afternoon has made me smile – thank you.

    Thanks for joining in again x

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  12. The trees were never really yours. You were their guardian. Soon, they will have a new guardian, and you will have new trees to tend and love x.

    I can see from your recent posts that the house move is dominating family life. Hopefully, you will all feel settled and happy in your new home x.

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  13. And now you’ve gone all green-fingered on me! Gorgeous post, I love trees and can understand why you would be nostalgic about them. As others have said, I’m sure you will have many new ones that will have just as much charm….just different 🙂

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  14. Thanks very much, everyone! There are other trees at my new house and I hope I will love them as much as these.
    I never knew it was a copper beech, Tas! That’s good to know. And what’s even better is the kids can still play in it, even if I won’t be looking at it any more.
    Exeter Mum – that’s a great idea for identifying the haircut tree! I need to do that. Thanks.
    Lesley – you make a very good point! The trees were here long before us and will be here long afterwards. I need to remember that!

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  15. It’s always bitter-sweet to move but I’m sure you’ll find another backdrop for great photos. These shots are simply lovely.

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  16. Lovely, lovely trees. Maybe there will be some even more amazing ones at the new house – treasures to discover. I did a double take at your haircut tree (LOVE the name). We have one pretty much exactly the same! It’s called The Something Tre.

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  17. What a lovely post, the photos are gorgeous, especially with the children in the trees. I’m sure you will find some great new trees when you move to create new memories with. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  18. Thanks very much, everyone! I need to take a look at your haircut tree too, Beta Mother!
    I’m sure I will find some other lovely trees too and hopefully somewhere else to take my photos. Really appreciate all of your comments.

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