Thursday, 20 November 2008

Leaf sweeping time

Well it is now worth sweeping up the leaves! This was the state of the walnut tree yesterday. It was a really good year for walnuts this year, the tree was laden with them, however I only got to eat 2!! Squirrels got the lot and not just mine one of the local farmers lost all his as well.

Walnut leaves do not compost well they take a couple of years to break down so I just pile them near the compost heap and forget them.

I have also been pruning back the Buddleja that is growing in the hedge at the bottom of the garden. I normally have problems dragging the branches out of the hedge as they get tangled up in the brambles and hops growing through it. This time I had help, 4 paw drive, Boris our dog decided to help, as I cut he pulled! He was really effective although I did have to collect them up from all across the lawn. Sadly I didn't get any pictures, I will next time.


  1. what a tree!!! it looks like to have a lot of stories to tell...
    in my region there's no aquirrels, so i can´t stop looking at them as walt disneys'creatures:
    friendly and party breakers, but never as a problem ;P

  2. One of the stories the tree can tell is how it helped us by the house. The people before us wanted to chop it down to extend the house, but were not allowed to as it is protected, so they moved out. Tree 1 vandals Nil !

  3. Except that it may have been disappointing to you, it sounds pretty funny that the squirrels have eaten all of the nuts. Do you expect to have a bad winter this year? The animals around here are eating anything and everything, so I am expecting the worst. LOL.

  4. I don't really mind them eating the nuts they need them more than me. Everyone here thought it was funny too. we are expecting bad weather this weekend possibly snow. It has already snowed in London this year thats the earliest fall since 1934. If it does come I will be out taking pictures.


  5. Same thing happened this year with my pecan tree, I did manage to get about a pint's worth of nuts though.

  6. What an beautiful tree - sorry you only got a couple of nuts for yourself!

  7. "My" squirrels got my first ripe tomatoes, and from time to time, I would see a tomato on the ground with a few bites out of it, but I ended up getting some. They ravished my sunflowers, too. So, do you take pics of "your" squirrels like I do "mine"?

    I have an area near my compost where I put things with lots of seeds in them that I don't want on the compost pile. At this point, the area is built up higher than the level of the garden. I may need to spread it out some after I get the hollyhock seedlings out of there. Can you still use the walnut leaves after they break down?

  8. There was a huge walnut tree in the garden where I grew up. One year, there were so many walnuts my father said anyone in the village was welcome to come and collect them up and take them home.

    All was happy until it turned out one neighbour was collecting them and selling them in the local market. That wasn't the idea at all.

    I very much like your header. It reflects my approach to life. Work tools are beautiful. A town or a village is only as good as the quality and number of teashops.

    Glad you like ESTHER IN THE GARDEN

    Esther Montgomery

  9. Sue, you can you the leaves once they have broken down, I mulch the veg patch with them, it add nutrients and the organic matter helps breakdown the clay. I haven't taken any squirrel pictures lately, I must get round to it, especially as we get Black ones (mutant greys)in the village.

    Esther, Thank you for the comments,One of the reasons we bought the house was for the view. Sadly our village does not have a pub or any shops,it is a lovely village mind you.


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