Cold air sharpens our colours…

Cold air sharpens our colours…

borrow with muck

Just love the delineation of the box hedging as I trundled towards the vine house ready to feed, feed, feed…

A beautiful day. Crisp and sunny. Pip and I fed the freshly pruned vines and peaches with some of the lovely muck that Gus brought us on Saturday. It was our Novikov and Brent Eleigh Christmas get together and we were all running late because we were offloading the muck from the trailer. Well, you’ve got to get your priorities straight haven’t you? Great soil grows great food after all.

Today Martin and Adrian were preparing the glasshouse in readiness for the arrival of the microherb equipment; draining the old Victorian water tanks and sealing the panes of glass.

I began working on the planting plan. It’s funny how cold I got sitting still indoors. Working outdoors we are always moving around. Like a typical gardener I plonked myself at a table in a lovely shaft of sunlight. Two hours later when I came to move again, it was with a very chilly realisation!

It’s nearly the shortest day, but look how vivid the sky was today…

blue sky over the walled garden

 

There was more fig pruning. We are aiming to reduce the height of the ancient figs, so that the fruit is snug and warm within the walls, while re-establishing a lovely espalier shape. This is easier said than done, and quite an art, requiring some difficult decisions. Following the snaking in and out criss-cross of boughs is enough to make you dizzy after a while, especially when up a ladder!

Another amazing sunset tonight. As the sky turned red, the birdsong increased and the robin stayed beside me until the air began to bite and it was too dark to see…

sunset in the garden

 

And yes, those are catkins in the blue sky photo. Early aren’t they? Have a good evening x

 

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