|Bleeding Hearts - March 6th 2011|
Can these be buds on the Bleeding Hearts already? I bought the plant with flowers on last year when the weather was warm and sunny and hadn't imagined they began this early.
The second lot of tomatoes is now in pots.
I dropped a shirt on the marjoram and squashed some. (These seedlings are like little green pins stuck in the pincushion of the soil; only thinner and more delicate.) It hadn't helped that I'd left them on the windowsill overnight despite the drop in temperatures. The ones which still stand are happy though - which is quite a few.
|Lonicera Graham Thomas - March 6th 2011|
Honeysuckle leaves remind me of birds sitting on a line, waiting to emigrate. I can't manoeuvre myself into a position which shows why - but at least this is a record that the Spanish Broom isn't doing anything interesting yet!
|Baycorn - picked up from the ground on March 6th 2011|
Finally - this is a baycorn.
(It's hardly more than a quarter of an inch long but it's beautiful so I'm showing it big.)
I made up the name because I don't know the proper term for seeds like this. I suppose it is a nut but, whatever it's called, it is the fruit of a Golden Bay tree.
It's strange that they fall at this time of year. Some fell in the autumn but not many. I saw a blackbird with one in its beak during the winter. He seemed to be having trouble with it. It was a bit big for his beak! After a while, he dropped it. I couldn't tell if he'd managed to eat anything of the thin fruit around the nut first. The flower buds which have been on the tree all winter are beginning to swell . . . and as they do . . . the remaining baycorns fall. I have found eight.
Would you like one?
I don't know the official way to grow bay trees but I put a baycorn in a small pot of potting compost, leave it in the garden for ages (making sure it doesn't dry out) and, eventually, it begins to grow. The germination rate seems to be about one in three but that may be because I knock some pots over and forget about others . . . Perhaps it should be 100%. On the other hand, maybe I have been lucky to get that many!
Once they have begun to grow, they are tough. I've never had one die on me after the shoot has emerged from the soil.
If you are in the UK and would like one, email me at
If you live outside the UK - I would be happy to send you one as long as it is allowed - there are restrictions on sending seeds abroad so we would need to check the rules.
The seeds which germinate will, in time grow into a huge bush. We have cut the lower branches from ours as it has grown so it has developed into a very attractive tree. It is going on for about thirty fee high now. I think. (I'm not very good at heights!) However, you could keep yours trimmed as a small bush if you want, or a standard.
So . . . would you like to try a baycorn? - email!
P.S. It's called a 'Golden' Bay because the leaves, when new, are bright yellow. They soon turn green though.
P.P.S. You can see all eight on a plate on Lucy's 'Message in a Milk Bottle'.