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I have a monkey puzzle tree in the garden. We planted it about 40 years ago, my daughter can remember being taller than it. Now it's taller than my dormer bungalow. And it has produced a pale green globe at the top.
Just looked it up, it's a female cone. But since the male catkins grow on a different tree I don't suppose it will be fertile. Says the seeds are edible, but I don't suppose there'll be any if it can't be fertilised.
Didn't expect that. Can't remember seeing one before.
I have 2 memories of monkey puzzles.
Suburban front gardens (very gloomy, and completely unsuitable).
Sewerby Hall Bridlington - a lawn with 2 rows of trees, some very old, others replacements. That was in the 90s, don't know if they are still there.
I've got room for my monkey puzzle tree though I expect the people who planted them in inter-war London semis were surprised at how tall they grew and how much they shaded the front room.
But another tree that was popular, maybe 30 years ago was Eucalyptus. Jim planted a couple and there is one at the house opposite. They grow very tall and then fall. Mine didn't do any damage, but one is still there as moving it would cost more than I want to pay. I just walk through my wilderness by a different path.
I have only ever seen one Monkey puzzle tree and that was when we lived on a housing estate and I used to walk my dogs by the house regularly.
Did not know there was male and female or that they had cones. You learn a little something every day.
There was a massive monkey puzzle tree at the vicarage in the village I grew up in. I live about twelve miles from Sewerby Hall, but cannot recall any there, and I would be occasionally visiting from the 1970's until the last ten years or so.
We stayed for a weekend on a campsite on the outskirts of Brid. Near a cement works. I thought it was Sewerby Hall nearby, are there other stately homes?
There are a few monkey puzzles in gardens around here, last Christmas some had huge baubles hung on them. That's a bit what my cone reminded me of. Perched right on top and a golden-green colour. I didn't know they had cones, either though I suppose they would, if you think about it.
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