Our abies koreana has probably grown about half an inch this year. It has thus failed to meet its very reasonable targets which we set a year ago. Yet this is the season of goodwill, and the kind-hearted Louise has granted a reprieve. For some reason, she has a soft spot for this straggly piece of Korea in our back garden. But she’s going to move it – to make room for a dogwood – and we’ll see if it does any better in our front garden. I somehow doubt it. Tune in this time next year.