Five years in the making and at last the Winter’s Bark tree (or Drimys winterii) in our garden has graced us with flowers. Not just any old flower but gorgeous little pendulous bunches of powdery white blooms, hanging in the daintiest of fashions that swing and giggle in the slightest breeze.
Up until now, the plant had been a little Snoresville but I am told that with age its beauty improves no end. I should expect the flowering to multiply year on year producing great heavenly clouds of shimmying inflorescences and for its aromatic and medicinal bark to take on a rich mahogany tone.
Apparently, it was an infusion of this very bark that enabled Cook and Drake to remedy scurvy on their ocean voyages. Not that I am planning to embark on any nautical adventures on the high seas right now but I do like to pair up random nuggets of botanical trivia with many of the plants that we grow at Magical Manor.
For now, the dancing blooms are a welcome addition of fun to the late Spring garden before la grande saison de jardinage kicks off. Hope you've got your hats and sunglasses ready, Summer is but a short hop, skip and jump away folks.