Sunday, 8 April 2012

Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean

After the early warm days of March we are in the depths of Blackthorn Winter ,but still terribly dry. We turned the cattle out on Thursday, really out of desperation as we had been buying in hay and straw for too long:not a great deal of grass, but at least they have got the sun on their backs!

This venerable peach is growing outside our potting shed:released from  a concrete path and ruinous wall,it is having a new lease of life.
 On Good Friday we were greeted by three lifesize Crosses as we arrived on the Heath for Horsmonden Farmers Market: apparently the godly folk of that parish re-enact the Crucifixion each year.Our space being at the foot of the Cross, I felt a certain fear that we would be turfed out by a vengeful Saviour, especially as we hadn’t brought our prize specimens of Hyssopus. It was all remarkably jolly, and was featured on the BBC Southeast News that evening.

 Plant sales are increasing in frequency: next Sunday we will be at Godinton House, just off the A20 near Ashford at the Kent Plant Heritage fair. In the Nursery we’ve been busy potting on and tidying up- a bit too dry for divisions at the moment.