All that for a conker!
I've previously only ever lived in places with compact city gardens. Where conker trees were found in local parks, not in your own back yard. Fast forward to living in France where, if you love gardening, you can afford more land than you dreamt of and, if you're not careful, more than you can deal with!
I'm eternally grateful to the person (people) who over the past 150 years have had the foresight and generosity to plant trees in what is now my garden. Whoever did the planting would not have been around to enjoy the mature effect. So, thank you, whoever you were. Thank you for the massive cedars of Lebanon, thank you for the towering plane trees, the limes and yes, the spreading, shady chestnut trees.
They seem such ordinary trees when you walk or cycle past in the park. But stop and take a closer look at those glowing conical flowers and they seem pretty miraculous. Convoluted petals in white with splashes of pink and centres of yellow. The look like wedding dress inspiration.
And then once the prettiness fades you have the joy of the glossy conker to look forward to. I'm not much of a conker player myself but I still can't help gathering them up in the garden. They say they keep spiders away if you leave them on the floor in a room. I might just have to try that.
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