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This Cotoneaster, its name unknown, came to Highbury from Anne’s garden in Wimbledon.
Previous owners of her house had planted its parent outside the French doors, where it had grown into a formidable security guard, doing its best to stop Anne getting into the garden. We cut it back hard all round, dug out its rootball & moved it further away from the house, into a high raised bed.
Anne keeps the parent plant trimmed to a height of three metres. Its Highbury child is allowed to spray out, between the birdfeeders & the Torbay Palms. Bees are drawn by its dusty PINK flowers; RED berries follow, favourites for Blackbirds & Thrushes in winter. I call it ‘Anne’s Bee Bush’.