Bird in the Log Burner

I heard strange noise in the house all day, but I can’t find the source of it. At first I thought someone was at the door, or something is scratching on the window, or a bird keep flying into it. No, nothing, at one point I thought I might be hearing things. Just then, I heard it again, and it sounded like something is in the roof, or in the chimney chute.

On a whim, I decided to check the log burner, and there it is, a bird trapped in the log burner, how did it got in there? I managed to catch it easily as its already tired from trying to get out, and set it free outside the house. I’m not hearing things, and there’s no rat frolicking in the ceiling.


Meanwhile, Caesar is baffled by my attempts to stop him from jumping the fence. Here, a nice fan trellis made out of bamboo. A Worcesterberry is going to be plant in front of it and trained to the trellis.


The berry fence had an upgrade. A second set of horizontal bamboo added in, and the windbreak tied and held up with tension to the vertical bamboo stakes. Caesar looks defeated, for now.

The berry fence is going to be home to a range of Northern Highbush blueberries, boysenberries, hybridberries, a black raspberry, kiwiberries, and citruses.


Caesar’s run… Bit of a clean up job, took it out, removed the hose hanger from the wall, give it a good mow down, put the weedmat in, and put it back in place. I don’t think the dog even uses it.


Alnus Cordata. Italian Alder. I didn’t have much luck striking on Red Alder and Black Alder. Might try direct Winter sow and leave it outside to cold stratify.


The biggest project this weekend would be this. The stonefruit area has been edged completely. The bare effect looks like crop circles. A layer of lawn construction mix carefully put in and raked to perfection. At first I thought I would use a fine luxury lawn seed mix but somehow ended up with Burnet’s Boston Green, deep rich green, hardwearing with a fine appearance, that sounds like the best of both worlds to me.

I have sort of blocked it off now, Caesar can’t get into it, yet. We should see some grass in a week or two. This wee strip of green will be the only lawn in this quarter acre section after I have worked my magic on this place. Just a great place to walk bare footed on soft fine green grass at the end of the day.

Come again next week, I got to get the Cherry patch going. Removing the old trellis and capping. Replacing it with, yes, bamboo! And redoing the capping. And the cherry trees can be planted! Woohoo! The berries can be planted too, after I have finalized who goes where. However, I am thinking of digging the holes, putting a backing board against the Oregon hedge, get some peat and plant the berries in peat.

There’s also more edging around the garage. Building the nursery. Belgian Fence trellis. Hence, my neighbour always commented, “still working…”, every time he walks by the house with his dog.

The Oregon hedge, after a brutal hack back, is slowly throwing out new growth. I have a more brutal plan in the future which involved removing limbs, baring the trunks to head height. Till then, I have to decide if I am going to do that job with a handsaw, an electric handsaw, a corded chainsaw, a cordless chainsaw, or a gas top-handle chainsaw?

Caesar Jumped Through the Fence

So, my neighbour brought Caesar back home just now, he jumped through the fence twice. I got to upgrade that fence.

That will be a job for next weekend.


I have been busy moving the thick mulch away from the stonefruit area so that I can start planting.


The roses have a good hard pruned as well. Some other plants dug out and removed to make way for the cherry trees.


After quite a few wheelbarrow loads, I have reduced the thick mulch to just a thin layer.


Pulled some string lines and marked out where the peaches and nectarines are going to be planted. I’m going to start edging them next weekend, and get the grass seeds sown on the wee strip by the driveway.


And all that mulch have been moved to the back, and I guess, that’s how Caesar figured to leap right through with that extra inch of elevation.

I’ll get some bamboo stakes in to make a fan pattern off the center. Though he won’t be able to leap through that in the future with super prickly Worcesterberry guarding it in the future. Its spines are vicious.

On the newly mulched site, I have sown blue lupin, lucerne, crimson clover, and calendula.


The saffrons are still going. I’m picking the threads on new flowers everyday.


Even the bumblebee is getting into it, he is so drunk on saffron nectar right now.


Slowly filling up a tiny jar.


Them saffrons growing along the Belgian Fence. I have added a layer of large pebbles onto the beds to keep Caesar from burying his bones in it.

69 Trees on 11 Square Meter

I have a way of doing things that people frown upon. Like cutting a tree down to 12 inch high in Spring, pop it into a planter bag, move it somewhere else and plant 69 of them on 11 square meters.

  1. Crabapple Wrights Scarlet MM106
  2. Crabapple Golden Hornet MM106
  3. Crabapple Gorgeous MM106
  4. Crabapple Jack Humm MM106
  5. Crabapple Golden Hornet MM106
  6. Apple Northwood M793
  7. Apple Orlean’s Reinette M793
  8. Apple Gravenstein MM106
  9. Crabapple Gorgeous MM106
  10. Apple Ralls Janet MM106
  11. Apple Sweet Alford MM106
  12. Apple Tom Putt MM106
  13. Crabapple Jack Humm MM106
  14. Apple Calville Blanc D Hiver NSPY
  15. Apple Cox’s Orange NSPY
  16. Apple Freyberg NSPY
  17. Crabapple Jelly King MM106
  18. Apple Fuero Rous NSPY
  19. Apple Hetlina NSPY
  20. Apple Monty’s Surprise NSPY
  21. Crabapple Wrights Scarlet MM106
  22. Apple Sweet Coppin NSPY
  23. Apple Jonagold MM106
  24. Apple Mother MM106
  25. Crabapple Golden Hornet MM106
  26. Apple Norfolk Beefing MM106
  27. Apple Peasgood Nonsuch MM106
  28. Apple Roter Eiserapfel MM106
  29. Crabapple Gorgeous MM106
  30. Apple Royal Wilding MM106
  31. Apple Sommerset Red Streak MM106
  32. Apple Tropicana MM106
  33. Crabapple Jack Humm MM106
  34. Apple Tydeman’s Late Orange MM106
  35. Apple Yorkshire Greening MM106
  36. Apple Alfriston MM106
  37. Crabapple Jelly King MM106
  38. Apple Api Rose MM106
  39. Apple Ataahua Alpha MM106
  40. Apple Ataahua Beta MM106
  41. Crabapple Wrights Scarlet MM106
  42. Apple Blenheim Orange MM106
  43. Apple Captain Kidd MM106
  44. Apple Devonshire Quarrenden MM106
  45. Crabapple Golden Hornet MM106
  46. Apple Foxwhelp MM106
  47. Apple Glockenappel MM106
  48. Apple Golden Pippin M106
  49. Crabapple Gorgeous MM106
  50. Apple Golden Reinette MM106
  51. Apple Kaituna MM106
  52. Apple Mayflower MM106
  53. Crabapple Jack Humm MM106
  54. Apple Reinette Du Canada MM106
  55. Apple Rhode Island Greening MM106
  56. Apple Ribston Pippin MM106
  57. Crabapple Jelly King MM106
  58. Apple Tan Montgomery MM106
  59. Apple Willie Sharp MM106
  60. Apple Winesap MM106
  61. Crabapple Wrights Scarlet MM106
  62. Apple Alexander MM102
  63. Apple Newtown Pippin MM102
  64. Apple Cornish Aromatic MM106
  65. Crabapple Golden Hornet MM106
  66. Apple Yellow Ingestrie MM106
  67. Crabapple Jack Humm MM106
  68. Crabapple Jelly King MM106
  69. Crabapple Gorgeous MM106


The Belgian Fence managed to sooth the industrial starkness of the corrugated iron fence. Plus, inter-planted with dwarf English Lavenders. And saffron corms.

Ever thought that it would be a myth to grow your own saffron? That the garden center and TradeMe seller is just trying to make a quick buck selling saffron corms?


Mine flowered for the first time after 3 years. That’s gold that grew out of the ground.


The rest of the planter bags have been moved up front now that the apples have been planted.


Italian Alder grown from seed.


Really good size Autumn Raspberries. These guys consumed a lot of coffee grounds!


Two other plants are growing on this tree. One of them is lancewood.


Someone must have pea’d on this tree.


I finally figured out how to tell time with the sun dial. It is actually quite accurate!

What’s happening next? I’ve got some large pebbles on the back of the truck to be spread onto the Belgian Fence to stop Caesar from burying his bones in there. Then I’ve got to tidy up the garage to park the car and the truck in there over the colder period of the year. And there’s also more landscaping to do on the stonefruit patch. Get that strip of grass going all the way along the driveway. Resowing to finer grass is part of the plan as well.

Come again next week, might have had some progress.