Colin Will has added Paypal to the Calder Wood Press
, so if anyone would like a copy of Heart Notes, or indeed any of the other fine pamphlets on the list you can now buy on line.
Yesterday was a very busy day for me. We finally started planting the Cottage Garden in St Mary's Pleasance. Only the new hedge, which is made up of tiny whips of hawthorn, virburnum opulus and holly - but it was great to actually be planting after months of planning. We're using holly to frame all the entrances to the plot, as it will clip well into a solid shape.
The borders are all pegged out and topped with compost and the new paths have been filled with topsoil, that's been levelled and they are just waiting to be turfed.
And Beryl McNaughton, of Macplants, is posting the first planting plans for the path borders through my door today. I will take pictures, but yesterday we worked in blustery rain, which the camera wouldn't have appreciated.
We also pruned an old black mulberry, whose branches were sweeping the ground, and shading out a portion of new hedge. I find people who are not gardeners tend to be too timid when they prune, it's all a bit like getting the hairdresser's junior, your heart sinking as they tentatively play around with your precious tresses.
This tree had had similar treatment, so we set to and stripped out all the old diseased and crossed branches and succeeded in lifting the whole canopy and leaving the tree looking much more like itself.
Today I'm taking it easy, as I've been running around all week.