It turned out to be a very nice day today and, according to the fifteen day forecast (or guess, as I prefer to think of it) it is set to be pleasant, warm-ish and dry for at least another ten days.
That means two things to us:
- We may have a nice Easter (please) and
- now would be a good time to start planting some of the bounty Carin so kindly brought us from Holland
We decided it would be the fruit bushes to be planted today, and so we set out to the orchard area to plant out the bushes with spades and forks in hand, tipping trailer on the back of the tracteur-tondeuse, fertiliser pellets and the longest hosepipe the western hemisphere has seen since the great fire of Weyhill in 1995.
As a result, in between the trees we have added to the Blackcurrants, White Redcurrants and Gooseberries already there (and fig, but that’s gonna be a tree one day), Redcurrant, Gooseberry, Blackberry and Tayberry bushes. The Kiwi has been put against the south facing wall along with the existing grape vines.
I know it isn’t easy to see from the photograph but it is beginning to look quite busy. When the trees and bushes are fully grown and displaying blossom it will look really good – but we aren’t expecting that to be this year.
The lower part of the garden has four saplings in place and we are thinking of adding to them to give us a group of six to eight trees that, in time, we can manage for firewood. How’s that for long-term planning? We shall also probably extend the orchard into that area to give about twenty fruit trees in all.
Isn’t it all exciting?
À la prochaine