Of course, it's far too early to be moving the damson, as stone fruits really need delicate and well-timed handling. But sometimes irritability outweighs horticultural sense. Now let's get moving, we have a glorious morning in the garden calling to us.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
This beautiful picture appears on the Telegraph's website this morning, and makes a delicious header for my list of gardening tasks to do this morning. Clear skies overnight made for a stunning display of stars, and a "red sky in the morning," dawn. Makes it jolly cold, too. So here I am, my breakfast of toasted prune and chocolate bread and the ubiquitous cup of tea to hand, listing tasks;
move that blasted damson tree; it's far too close to the bay which, I think, taints the flavour of the damson gin;
move that blasted apple tree; it snags the sheets when hung on the line;
prune out the autumn offshoots on the espalier pear;
unsubtle pruning of the vine really ought to be complete by late winter.