This is by way of being a) an explanation of why I’ve been a bit quiet, and b) a sort-of substitute for my monthly tree-following post, which is clearly not going to happen this month.
A) is simply that I’ve been busy editing a 100,000-word book full of figures and typos and a language other than English (which makes using a spell-checker difficult, presumably the reason why the author didn’t bother). Plus there’s been root canal. Eek. However, am now eating solid food and coming to the end of the editing marathon.
Despite all that, I’ve been managing an hour’s weeding a day – just as well, or the garden would invade the house in the manner of the tropical wilderness generated when Moomintroll put some plants in the Hobgoblin’s hat (sorry). And I realised I’d had a surprising success when I went round the back of the greenhouse:
and this is B), my substitute for this month’s view of my hawthorn. These are three seedlings from the downy birch I ‘followed’ last year. I only took the seeds in October!
They are very healthy little baby birches, and I am soooooo pleased. I did sow a whole seed tray, and only got three decent plants which I potted on – but I didn’t really expect them to survive. Obviously they’ll be potted on again next spring, but this rather raises the question of where on earth I’m going to put them… but who cares?
Right, back to my books…