Evidently it rained very heavily during last night. Today windy, a few showers but most of the day sunny. Transplanted the peonies. They are said not to stand this well, but they had withered back & I took a good ball of soil with each. Planted the little rambler cutting, the one that was in a pot. This has rooted will but is of course a very tiny plant. Dug & manured a trench to plant the first lot of currants, but don’t like to plant them till the ground is a little less sodden. Limed another small patch of ground. Forgot to mention that one of the gooseberry bushes I moved yesterday had layered itself. Evidently they do this spontaneously sometimes.

5 eggs.

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8 Responses to 6.11.39

  1. Stephen says:

    George – thanks for the update on the gooseberries. I was wondering if you had seen any evidence of spontaneous self-layering. I think you should watch this closely. God knows what could happen if it took off: self-layered gooseberries across the English countryside not to mention – shudder – the risk of copy cat self-layering by eg carrots, peonies or that very tiny rambler.
    regards, and sleep well.

  2. Smudged Kohl says:

    A very tiny rambler.
    Oh. I love that this is the man who gave us supremely unparalleled, gut-wrenching dystopia. I love it. I do.

  3. DavidP says:

    Too late to worry about this me old mate, the countryside is already infested by that notoriously successful self-layerer, the bramble. The tips of the arching stems form new plants within a couple of days of touching the earth.

    However, with a war on, all forms of self-layering amongst the soft fruit population were doubtless most welcome.

  4. The Ridger says:

    I find myself in agreement with Smudged Kohl.

  5. itwasntme says:

    DavidP, thanks for explaining what “self-layering” is! I speak ‘Merikun, not English, I guess.

  6. Spontaneous layering; not premeditated layering, which is much less enjoyable.

    Meanwhile, the starved hens were so distracted by their voracious gluttony, they didn’t even notice the roof was gone.

    Over yonder on the Western Front…..Nine French Hawk fighters shoot down 4 out of 27 German Me109 fighters over the Saar.

  7. Stephen says:

    Self-laying, now that would be useful, if possibly applied to hens.

  8. Yes! The Chicken/Egg Conundrum is solved!

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