Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Orchard Day, Oxlip, Cowslip or False Oxlip
The above is a joiner photo I took from the top of the orchard. Jim had just cut the grass and it looked particularly good.
This is the very top of the orchard, which I cleared a short while ago. It was where the turkey shed was and was covered in wire, wood, nettles and brambles. Jim will grass seed it.
This is a joiner of the wood at the bottom of the orchard. Jim just mows a path around it. Do click on it if you would like to enlarge it.
The horse chestnut leave had just come out. I wonder whether we'll have any conkers this year?
A carpet of celandine
They are such sunny flowers.
This rather worn swing hangs from one of the old apple trees. I wouldn't sit on it anymore though.
The soft fruit bushes are once again covered in tiny berries - they will get bigger!
White currants - there area always thousands of them - but they're very small and a pain to pick.
These rather beautiful daffodils have just come out in the orchard. Jim has to mow round them.
A last joiner taken from the wood up towards the top of the orchard. The darker green under the trees is wild garlic.
The Oxlip puzzle.
Cowslip. These are in the garden to the left of our gate and we also have a hybrid, shown below.
This is known as a False Oxlip. The true Oxlip is apparently confined to just a few areas in the UK and so far there hasn't been any in Ireland. The False Oxlip is in fact a cross between a cowslip and primrose.
This is a photo taken from the Internet of a True Oxlip. So now you know!
We have reached P in our Artist Trading Card group and I received this rather cute ATC from soulbrush. P is for Painting:
Now I thought they were singing into a microphone first but they are paint brushes! I think I'm the one on the right!
Soul also enclosed all these great goodies. Lots of cute cats and wonderful sayings all about chocolate - how well you know me Joss!
I don't think I've shown you my 'O'. I ended up doing O for Orbiting Owl!
This has headed off to Florida to Cat.
My P is for Puffin, a stitched one that has stuffing behind it:
Today Jim and I finished digging over the vegetable bed. Phew, it was a bigger job than we thought.
On Wednesday, we are off to the UK by ferry this time so we can bring back any remaining things from the house in Worthing. If all goes well, we will make a super fast trip up to Suffolk to see Jason, Sam, Jack and Kitty for the afternoon on Sunday. Then it's car packing on Monday and back to Ireland Tuesday. Poor Buster will not be happy.