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.

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.


Jan said...

You are busy, busy, busy!

April said...

Oh... color!! Lovely!

It's 1 degree Farenheit here (that's... what... 15 below Celsius? It's just SO, SO cold and spring seems so far away!!! Thank you for the picture.

Hey, do me a favor and when spring awakens over there take some photos for those of us still living on the tundra?

Amalee Issa said...

Of course. But you really are so lucky to have all that cold and snow. Our winters here in the UK are tending to be warmer and wetter each year, so bugs never really get killed off by a prolonged below freezing winter. Not to worry, maybe in a couple of years I shall realise my dream of a limonia, just like Frances Mayes has, in Tuscany