Last month, I did some very heavy (and seasonally inappropriate) pruning to my damson trees, in order to fit in a garden office (more about that later – this is much more important). I was distinctly worried that I’d finish them off by hacking off major parts of their anatomy.
But now, only six weeks later, look! Shoots are appearing, not just from near the cuts, but all over the trunks.
It’s quite a relief. These trees are over thirty years old but still manage to burgeon forth like a teenager. And a bonus will be that, unlike the previous branches which stretched sideways in a desperate attempt to gain light, these are now bathed in sunshine and growing the way they’re meant to – straight up.
Fingers crossed: we have rejuvenated trees!