Well I just had to go and buy a few pairs of gloves for us today, honestly thorns were getting down my welling ton boots as well as into my hands as we fought with the thorny blackberry bushes. But the trip to the shops pays off as I purchased one lonely rhubarb stool , it looked lovely and had one whole stick of rhubarb on it , but alas the kind man in the plant shop told me not to touch it for harvesting for 2 years , then I explained to him that I was hoping to add at least 3 more rhubarb plants to my collection in the next few weeks and was really hoping to be eating some of the spoils this year ; think the poor guy felt sorry for me and told me that maybe I could cut half of the rhubarb to use in the first 2 years , also bought some lettuce seed that I will start on the window sill , the kind you can pick and magically more will appear.
The nice man in the plant shop is going to get me some hazel trees about 4 or 5 , all this is actually very expensive , of course my husband had a great idea and he is right I know. Ok I shall tell , I am a smoker and if I spent the money I smoke on trees and plants I could plant me a forest oh how I wish I could plant a forest. So now I need a couple of miracles , well one miracle would suffice really and that is to become a happy non smoker, not a grumpy one a happy one. Then one miracle would start the ball rolling and make way for lots of other little miracles.
On another note after working hard all day , I decided to do a bit of surfing; looking at trees mostly then I googled how to make a clay oven in the garden. Don’t ask how trees turned into clay ovens but you know the net one thing leads to another , so I watched the utube video it was great but he also gave a recipe for home made pizza;oh I just cannot wait to try this recipe out as it looked amazing . It made me so hungry that I am now sitting here after devouring a large cheese and tomato sandwich as I had no yeast or no tins of tomatoes in and the large pizza in the freezer was just a little too large so the sandwich was the next best thing , even poured a tiny white wine to go with it instead of my usual cup of tea. I must remember to watch this video if my appetite ever needs to be increased.
On the garden challenge photos; there are lots of wild places covered with thorny blackberry bushes , we cleared a lot and look forward to lighting the bonfire soon , also kept some and tried to tame them so a lot of mulching needs to be done around these, another little bed done and oh the sweetest thing I bought today was one bag of farmyard manure from the plant shop. This is just until I arrange for a load to be delivered .
Still haven’t found any poplar trees growing near , so tomorrow I really will have to look more for both poplar trees, hazel trees and ribes , it would be great to find some as then I may be able to get some cuttings as I believe from my reading they are easy to grow from cuttings at this time. There must be millions of these around here as they are native trees , but being a novice I may not identify them. For someone my age I really should know more , oh almost forgot I found out the recipe for white wash it is what my grandfather did back in the day , instead of painting the house he whitewashed it , and it looked lovely , just lime and water and the whitest of white walls appear , have to be careful not to get splashed though as it really stings the eyes I have been warned. Happy days guys and happy planting.