Thinking on trees this morning; I have three awaiting planting now - a Scots pine, the copper hazel and the Bramley apple.
First of all, every time I buy a tree a chicken seems to die. I like to bury chickens and other animals under a tree, so I know it will go undisturbed, but over the past few years, when I've bought a tree, it seems that a chicken dies within days. Convenient from one point of view, but a bit sad really. Stocks of hens now seriously depleted, so will be looking into getting some more very soon.
Thirdly - wind! I love the sound of wind through trees, but up until fairly recently, none of my trees has been quite tall enough to get the effect and the lovely sound. Now the garden is maturing, and with it the trees, they've now reached a height where I can hear the wind through my own trees. How satisfying is that?
Thursday, 28 April 2011
....... lots of them I hope!
I found a lovely Bramley Seedling apple tree in Morrisons the other night for only £5, so I've just done a quick recce, and think I now must have a full (enough) complement of apple trees, not least for space to plant them!
I now have the Bramley for cooking; A Sussex Duck's Bill (aka Winter Queening) for eating and cooking; Bardsey Island for eating; Devonshire Quarrenden for eating - this is a biennial bearer, but the crop every second year is amazing, will bear this year - the picture above is of some of them the year before last, lovely little apple, but not a good keeper; cider apples are Yarlington Mill, a good local one; Sops in Wine, the most amazing coloured blossom; Slack Ma Girdle, hasn't blossomed or fruited yet.
Crab apples are Wisley, huge fruits; Aldenhamensis, tiny fruits; John downie, one of the most amazing sites when hanging with ripe apples, just lovely.
I put in another apple out the front last year, but can't for the life of me remember what it is lol I'm not a label person............
Roll on apple time :)
Posted by MrsL at 08:57
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Posted by MrsL at 12:24
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
2 quarts of wallflower petals
1 gallon water just off the boil
2 1/2 lbs sugar
1 lemon, sliced
1 tbsp yeast, activated
Put petals into brewing vessel, pour over water; add sugar and stir to dissolve, then lemon and teabag. Cover loosely, and allow to cool to blood temp, then add activated yeast. Cover closely and leave for 4- 5 days, stirring dialy, Strain into demi john, leave 6 weeks, rack off, then bottle when clear. Leave a full year before drinking.
Posted by MrsL at 09:25