|After the big Weed Out: 16.5 square metres of weed free tidiness, ready for planting.|
One of the cherry trees - a Morello - was relocated to a walled corner last year (just seen in the distance, by the steps); its blossoms are already open.
The other Morello has hundreds of buds just waiting to unfurl...
The apple trees, both Braeburn, didn't produce one solitary fruit last year. This year I've counted 12 clusters of blossom on one tree alone. I'll keep an eye on these; if they all pollinate, I'll need to thin some of the fruit later on. It's the same story with the pears and plums which is just wonderful.
Throughout the garden I'm finding self-seeded Orach (Atriplex rubra) also known as Mountain Spinach.
It's both an edible and ornamental, with edible young leaves - salads or cooked like spinach - and the most glorious bright pink seed pods later in the year. I bought one tiny plant at an NGS plant sale a couple of years ago. Last year a transplanted self-seeder grew to over 8 feet tall; the dried seed pods looked so wonderful that I left them in situ and the wind has done the rest. The seedlings can easily be pulled out if unwanted or transplant really well. I shall, of course, keep several for my Salad Challenge.
Can I just indulge and show off these two beauties? The Cerinthe (aka Honeywort) seed blew into a pot of Lemon Balm last year, grew to a foot high, just about survived the winter and has revived itself to flower early. One of my absolute favourite flowers, I love the glaucous leaves and purple flowers and grow them to provide food for the bees so that they'll home in and find my beans in the process.
And, lastly, an Aquilegia I bought recently - another Morrison's bargain - that has established really well into my new shady border. I can't get over how pretty it is and stop to look every time I pass by - which is kind of the point in planting up a border previously used as a cat toilet/rubbish dump.
Btw, that was definitely not a 15 minute blog post! Too many photos. Just came in under one hour. Ah well.