These brown and white false turkey tail fungi are presently growing on the cut off but very much alive trunk of our chestnut tree. They surprised me this Sunday morning while taking a stroll around the garden, and I thought they looked beautiful. The garden at present is very wet, but to my delight tender new growth is appearing everywhere.


The Korean Fir that we bought at Christmas and decorated for the celebrations has been very busy ever since, we kept it inside so that it would survive the cold outside, so it is in the conservatory/dining room. Some weeks ago we noticed that cones started to grow in the top branches (see photos), then at the tip of some of the branches there came buds which soon opened up and are now new needles. Every morning we check out the newest growth, it is a great pleasure in our lives. I water and feed it regularly and soon it is going into a slightly larger pot. When the weather becomes just a little more stable we will put it outside. It is a great project giving great satisfaction.

First the cones appeared.

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Then buds started to appear all over the branches, we were wondering what that would bring.

New needles and hence branches on the tree, all still very tender and young, we shall see what happens next.  I have never seen a fir tree at such close quarters and especially seen what happens at the crown high up in the tree.  It’s real good.