Too hot to handle

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.

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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.

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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

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Too hot to handle

  1. I love hauling out that grass … hate the stuff. Mind you, I guess it is protecting the soil. How nice to have some company while you are gardening 🙂

  2. drofmit4108 says:

    Helen, that looks like a juvenile or a young female Blackbird….
    they can both be quite speckled at this time of the year.
    They can be very confiding…. especially if they think that there are treats around…
    some of the large pet stores… like the one by Sainsbury’s at Colton…
    sell packs of dried mealworms…
    a little patience and you’ll have it eating out of your hand….
    BUT… watch your cherries later in the year…
    they are suckers for… and thieves of…
    ripe cherries!!
    This year has been a good breeding year for many species and some, like Blackbirds, have raised four broods!!
    We have seen sparrows here removing faecal sacs from the nests in the middle of last month…
    but, unfortunately, those young won’t survive the winter….
    even if they have fledged now…

    • Helen says:

      Such a shame about the fledgelings!

      Anyway, thanks for identifying the bird – I couldn’t believe how tame it was… I’ve got a bird feeder, which will be going out shortly, so I’ll look into the meal you mention.

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