Yesterday was a great day out. Not only did I get strawberry runners from Old Sleningford Farm in North Yorkshire, as well as learn more about pruning apple trees, we met up with our sewing bee for Christmas lunch.
The place we went to was a garden centre and, of course, it would have been a real shame not to have had a look round the gardening section, wouldn’t it?
The upshot of this little browse was a new acquisition: Too hot to handle, which is a red climbing rose. I love rosehip tea, so now I have two roses, I hope to have the odd cuppa from the rosehips they produce. In fact, the new rose already has some of them on it, which could mean I get to try my idea out quite soon.
While I was planting the rose, a thrush (I think) kept me company. I had thought it was after the worms but when I went inside it flew off. Perhaps it didn’t like ones I had purposefully left on the soil for it. However, it returned a short while later (well, I am assuming the two birds were one and the same). And this time I was able to get a shot of it bathing in a pool of water on top of the finishing off compost bin.
After that, I didn’t see anymore birds, but I did manage to plant all of the strawberry plants/runners I got at the farm yesterday. I had actually thought I was taking more than could fit in my garden, so I’m pleased I was able to use them all. And putting them in gave me the opportunity to get some couch grass out!
© Helen Butt, December 2014