Some time ago, I ordered four fruit trees from Dobies of Devon: a medlar, a greengage, a damson and a quince.The trees arrived yesterday, so I had to plant them hurriedly before the driving lesson because they arrived without any soil at all around their root, and I wasn't sure how long they'd survive like that in the humid Scottish...
I've just joined the Heritage Seed Library after reading about it in the Metro.I will basically get some rare seeds every year in March, a big seed catalogue, and if I really get hooked, I can become a seed guardian!
As I wrote recently, we’ve now planted a medlar tree.
The medlar (“mispel” in Danish) – which is edible only after it starts to rot – is not widely known these days, but it used to be popular.
In those days, it was colloquially known as an open-arse, however, as in Romeo and Juliet:
O Romeo, that she were, O that she were
An open-arse and thou a poperin pear!
Phyllis seems to be insinuating that I shouldn’t mention our open-arse tree in front of the kids.
Doesn’t she appreciate Shakespeare?
The weather has been getting warmer recently, and Scotland has been full of cherries, forsythias, ribes, daffodils, tulips and other flowers in full bloom.This morning, however, the weather decided to revert to full winter mode: Lots of snow everywhere.It's very pretty, but not very good for the garden, I fear!
Today I received my Heritage Seed Library membership card.Unfortunately, it turns out I became a member a fortnight too late – orders for the six seed packets have to be sent during February, so I can't order mine till next year. :-(However, they sent me a complimentary packet of Latvian peas that I can try to grow this year.It seems...
When we bought our house, the southern end of the garden was marked by five huge cedar trees that took all the sun but allowed wee Léon to run straight out onto the busy road. Not ideal.So last week we...
I Danmark var jeg vant til to almindelige forårsbebudere, vintergækker og erantis.Vintergækker er også ganske almindelige i Skotland, men erantis kender de slet ikke. Jeg prøvede at vise Phyllis og hendes mor et billede, og det sagde dem slet ikke...
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