Friends of Trees


Here in Portland there is a group called Friends of Trees. If you want to plant some trees in your garden or on the parking strip outside your garden they will help you choose the right tree, help you get a great deal and send a crew of lovely people to help you plant the tree in the correct way.


Today our new Gingko trees (male so they are not stinky when in fruit) arrived in style and were planted on the parking strip outside our house. They arrived by bike and trailer (of course!)…


… they were unloaded and planted by a great bunch of happy diggers. We are delighted with our new trees and hope they will live a long and prosperous life and give joy to everyone as they turn a beautiful golden yellow in the Autumn.


6 Comments on “Friends of Trees

  1. I haven’t looked at your blog for ages… so have only just realised you’re in Portland! How exciting… I loved our weekend there last Sept before heading off on a road trip down to San Francisco.
    Portland is fabulous, give the Saturday Market a wave from me and the river, and the lovely Chinese garden near the Pearl District, and that gorgeous stationery shop that makes paper…
    Have fun!
    C x

  2. Oh how wonderful! Ginkos are such lovely trees!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  3. Hi, I have been following your blog for some time now (before and after you left England). I have a quick question that you may be able to answer. Although you have only been in Portland for a few months, have your gardening habits changed much and are there any plants that you wish you could grow or miss?


    Tom Edwards

    (Cottage Gardener)

  4. Ginkgo is nearly pest-free and is resistant to storm damage. Young trees are often very open but they fill in to form a denser canopy as they mature. It makes a durable street tree where there is enough overhead space to accommodate the large size. Ginkgo tolerates most soil, including compacted, and alkaline, and grows slowly 75 feet or more tall. The tree is easily transplanted and has a vivid yellow fall color which is second to none in brilliance, even in the south. However, leaves fall quickly and the fall color show is short.

  5. Hi Tom – thanks for the question. Yes my gardening habits have changed but mainly due to my greenhouse rather than a new country. I’ve been starting lots of seeds indoors instead of waiting for the soil to warm up. It’s very exciting!

    I haven’t had any difficulty finding any particular vegetable but the varieties are mostly ones I’ve never heard of before. So it will be interesting to grow something new.

    I’m looking forward to growing pumpkins, sweetcorn and tomatoes with more success than in the UK and maybe a melon or two!