One day in late September we noticed that the Cedar of Lebanon in the little arboretum in Preuilly had turned brown. Uh oh! we thought – it's in trouble. The weird weather, the proximity of its cousin the Deodar, have finally taken their toll.
When we looked closer though we realised that it was flowering! It was absolutely covered in male flowers. Apparently they only do this every couple of years. I hope it is a good sign, a fulfilling of a natural cycle, and not a final fling for the tree. It's interesting to see just how many cones there are retained on the Deodar too.