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Yesterday I took a bowl of mildly warm water, a sponge and washing up cloth from the kitchen at work.

To cries of “you going to wash your car Dorris?” followed by much guffawing, I headed out on the tractor to a group of birches.


These were planted three or four years ago and they are slowly getting going. Grown for their Winter interest in the form of their white bark they are a Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, or Himalayan Birch.
Well they were rather grubby and a quick wash down with water restored their striking beauty.

All we need now is some sunshine to help them shine. When I returned the workshop I explained what I had done and I was told I had made extra work for myself.
Extra? Maybe.
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