The photo isnít the greatest ever but it demonstrates something I tell my children all of the timeÖ you can NEVER know everything or be unable to improve what you do.
Iíve been a keen gardener for more than 30 years and have always pondered on the mystery of not being able to make my smoke bushes smoke. Iíve grown several in different locations and none have ever given those gorgeous smoky plumes that I see on Cotinus Coggygria elsewhere. The one in this garden, planted long before I cared about it, is a glorious red specimen but in the two and a half years since we arrived here itís not flowered until this year. I know, I know, itís just not possible is it? Two and a half years? Shocking!
Still, itís revealed its requirements for flowering this year due to my laziness Ė I didnít prune it in the spring and it seems that it flowers on last yearís wood. Ha. Mystery solved and Iíve learned something. I could have got a better shot with my 5d but I took the pic early in the morning when I was preparing sandwiches and breakfasts before scooting off to work.