My Auntie’s Garden – Part 11 – Finale

Not a grand finale I am afraid. Just a few more pictures of trees.

First, the view that meets people upon entering the garden.

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That huge Chamaecyparis pissifera on the left is absolutely gorgeous. It is over thirty years old. And the small birch in the center originally just happened to sprout there as a weed towards the end of my university studies, so it is somewhere around 24 years old. At that time I was really getting into growing bonsai trees and my aunt has seen some when she was visiting. And it gave her the idea to let the birch live and just prune it so it does not grow into a full-sized tree but remains small-ish, like bonsai. She seems to be fond of the tree.

And the last picture that I have is of a blooming Magnolia hugging the southern wall.

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I took lots more pictures during this trip, but not in my aunt’s garden. That will be another series – stay tuned.


  1. Jazzlet says

    Gosh that’s a very deep pink magnolia! My mother planted a far paler one in our garden in Oxford, it did very well there and was a huge bush/mid-sized tree by the time we sold the property after my father died. They are such elegant plants.

  2. avalus says

    Your aunts garden is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us. :)

    I love magnolia. They always make me think about a story of an old magnolia seed that archeologists found between burrowed rice at an ancient site in japan. And it was still viable and grew.

  3. Tethys says

    Both trees are lovely specimens, though the magnolia blooms are gorgeous, they are quite ephemeral. The false cypress provides a year long bit of living sculpture. It is clearly a well loved garden, I’ve enjoyed your photos very much!

  4. lumipuna says

    For those who want to look at my page on Twitter (@lumipuna), the background image is a crappy photo I took several years ago of one of the few magnolia trees here in Helsinki. I visited it again this year, in mid-May when it was just beginning to bloom.

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