My radiccio survived our extended trip to Italy but the neat little rows of lettuce seeds I planted next to them ended up being Chicken dust baths..hence the need to restrain the chooks in a pen!!! Naughty madams.
Above and just below are pictures of how the ground is very slowly, recovering from the drastic scalping earlier in the year..when the clumsy nitwit of a digger driver took out two of my lovingly nurtured young apple trees...a gift from my father. You can just make out how the ones that were left are blooming...still not very big but covered in leaves and looking good.
Yipes I realised...this little posy was directly where one of the apple trees had been flattened into oblivion.
Maybe some how the stump was sending out a shoot was my first thought..then on hands and knees I very carefully pulled away the impacted soil..and imagine my delight when I unearthed not just the stump but the whole tree...very manky and with only one or two leaves pushing up towards the light and like a little beacon, right at the very top the cluster of blossoms that had alerted me. As I gently eased it into the upright position and washed the soil from its..well not exactly branches as it looks more like a giant piece of asparagus than a tree at the moment.. I swear I could hear it whispering in a very wobbly voice.."At last what took you so long"...
This is the top of the first tree that had the blossom peeping through the soil. They quickly fell off and these leaves unfurled where there were no leaves before..just teeny bruised bumps. Pity I didn't take a photo of it fresh out of the ground..such a sorry skinny sight!
See there is even an almost proper branch with leaves on it now.