The overgrown garden next door to us has quite a few plants and shrubs struggling find sunlight. The laburnum has, on one side a hawthorn bush which will be in full blossom in the next few days and on the other side one of those hideous leylandii that is gradually strangling it.
I know laburnum have become unfashionable because of the poison seeds which mature in pods and apparently look like peas. In fact I remember my father taking down a beautiful laburnum in our front garden because a child had eaten some seeds from another tree somewhere in the town and died. Either way it is a splendid tree and the yellow blossom looks wonderful against the blue sky, Mother Nature is working her way through the full palette now.