Here’s six on Saturday to share with the propagator and his gang of garden bloggers around the world.
This morning, the full moon set to the west of our garden in Somerset. This was the first full moon of 2020, a ‘wolf moon’ and it was a bright and beautiful moonset. The hedge in this image is the boundary of our garden, and it needs a bit of tidying up…
As the moon set to the east, the sun rose in the west, a beautifully colourful sky over our neighbour’s tree with its lovely fairly lights.
Some in our neighbourhood have turned off the festive lights since Twelth night, and others have not. I prefer to keep the lights on till at least candlemas in early Feb, and think it’s probably best to to have the fairy lights on all year round, in case the fairies need a light when they’re off collecting baby teeth and delivering wishes. 😉
This morning the dawn chorus was rather lovely, I recorded a short snippet…
I’m pleased to report that a few little lettuces have survived the winter. They look a little startled by the flash as I took this picture in the murky morning light, but I’m pleased they’ve made it so far and will feature in salads and sandwiches sometime soon.
My fifth garden thing is a correction from last month. These little white flowers are not white bluebells as I’d first thought – they’re onion weed, aka Allium triquetum, and they’re edible and rather tasty – like a cross between chives and spring onions. Thanks to those kind bloggers who pointed this out!
Onions weed is invasive and and so we’ll be eating these in order to manage their spread. Fried up with lots of butter and garlic they’re pretty tasty…
My sixth thing from the garden is a newly planted cherry tree. This is a sweet cherry called ‘hedelfinger’ and I’m hoping for some blossom soon… 🙂
Finally, I wanted to share a link to plug a project I’m working on which I’m very excited about.
I’m marketing manager for Vastern.co.uk , a British timber firm based in Wiltshire, that works with homegrown timber. Tom Barnes, is the 4th generation MD, and he’s genuinely worried for the future of British forests and the long term outlook for British timber. I’ve been working with him and a crew of my eco-activist film making friends to produce a series of short films about the future of our forests as we face up to climate change.
The first film is live on Tom’s blog
And yesterday we were in this beautiful setting, making the second film of our series.
As we drove home we went past Stonehenge as the sun was setting, and arrived in Frome to the rising wolfmoon.
Four years ago, I was working in London, at Conde Nast, trying to increase the numbers of clicks on the subscribe button of the Vogue website. This year, I’m spending time in the forests, promoting British grown timber. I think I’m glad I did that plan to get out of the office and spend more time outside. It has not gone at all as I expected, but it’s turned out nice again.
As ever, I hope your plans and plants are coming along nicely.
5 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Wolfmoon setting”
What a lovely post and I absolutely LOVE all your photos! And how can you not love the great outdoors! ❤️ I think we all should be looking out for nature and her beauty so hoping your timber efforts go well. I loved your morning video, so calming to listen to all the voices of the birds and bugs! Thank you so much for sharing! ~Diana 😃
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Thanks for your lovely comments 🙂
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How fortuitous that your ‘snopdrops’ turned into onion weed & you like eating them. A win/win situation there for you. I do hope you get lots & lots of cherries on your new tree, & none go to the blackbirds. Agree w/you about keeping the fairy lights up. Great photos of moon set & sun rise.
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Thanks Lora, I am resigned to the birds getting the best of them, but may resort to netting them… 🙂
Timber is not something that I associate with Britain. I suppose Britain needs lumber too. Some of the redwoods here are more than two hundred feet tall, and very fat, but are also protected from harvest.
I thought that those onions were decent enough to plant in my own garden, but then considered the likelihood that they would not stay confined to the garden. I instead get them from patches in friends gardens from where they should be removed. It does not do much to control them though. We always pull up more than we actually want, and discard most of what we pull.
That cherry tree could be tip pruned. It is only sold unpruned so that there are more options for directional pruning when it gets installed in a new home, . . . and also because some minor damage is expected during transport. (There is no point pruning back to a particular bud if that particular bud gets broken off in transport.) Of course, such pruning is not yet necessary, and should not be done if the buds are already starting to swell not that it is two weeks later.