Tuesday, 17 May 2022

My Laburnum

 

I’ve spent most of the day cleaning away the dust and mess from ten days of workman. 
Four loads of washing hang drying on the garden walls, my gates and the field gate and the carpets have been shampooed with hot water and hints of lemon juice.
I had smoked salmon for lunch, eaten with long green beans cooked in garlic. 
And had a break in the Churchyard where the blue Alkanet frames the yellow Welsh poppies in an Ukrainian flag display .
Exactly a year yesterday I planted the baby laburnum and when  I visited it today I was happy to see it had flowered well and looked straight and tall and healthy.

Choir Later


39 comments:

  1. Barbara Anne2:39 pm

    Love the flowers in the colors of the Ukraine flag and your laburnum looks wonderful and strong!
    Enjoy choir!

    Hugs!

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    1. It was fun babs , nice being surrounded by nice kind people .

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  2. I love yellow and orange flowers. They lift my spirits. John, could I please ask the dimensions of your shower. We were thinking of a 90x90 but our room is about the same as yours and you have fitted a lovely big cubicle in. I would love to have one. I have been back to admire the bathroom a few times since yesterday! ha ha

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  3. Loverly, just like your new bathroom.

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    1. I christened it properly today , an hour pottering over a shower and pampering

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  4. The flowering laburnum looks so lovely but oh dear, that spindly little trunk! It doesn't need to be staked, does it?

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    1. The blowing of the wind and subsequent flexing of the trunk will cause it to get stronger. It is not good to leave plants and trees staked all the time, with the exception of vine type plants.

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  5. I'm glad the laburnum looks healthy! Our next door neighbor just planted one as well. You asked about a cutting from our azalea -- I'd be happy to send you one, but I need to research how to do it!

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    1. Thank you Steve, I think you could wrap the cutting in soaked cotton wool

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  6. It's amazing how much dust is generated by work done in the house. Still, it's been worth it! As I was showering this morning, I thought of you enjoying your first shower in your lovely new bathroom. I'm glad the laburnum is growing well. Generations to come will give thanks to John Gray for planting it! xx

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    1. Is there a 'donated by John Gray' plaque, so the future generations know? If not, there ought to be.

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    2. HH , my first shower was lovely , enough room , very hot shower, good power jet, no need for grab rail lol , it was lovely

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    3. Snooze,
      I guess the blog I’d my plaque
      That’s why many of us write them

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  7. I wondered John whether your throne is to your liking and comfortable for your posterior- if I may be so bold to enquire x

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    1. Anonymous6:26 pm

      Too bold.

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    2. Reason being- it is such an interesting style I wondered if the shape adjusts to ones deriaire x

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    3. It’s a square seat which feels smaller…..
      That’s all I’m saying

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    4. Curious and curiouser x

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  8. Your own version of the archway at Bodnant gardens. I think Laburnum is very poisonous?

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    1. It is , very ….
      I have one in the garden which has ever flowered

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  9. The blue of the alkanet is a stunning colour.

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    1. It’s sweet isn’t it against the yellow welsh poppies

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    2. Each seems to intensify the other somehow

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  10. Sorry blogger has swallowed my comment. John could you tell me the dimensions of your shower please. I have been showing him in doors and he says it is a great layout for us. thank you

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    1. Send me your email sol, but my bathroom Is literally 6x 6 with an 18 inch doorway and it feels so spacious

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    2. The shower is a corner one with plenty of room for two

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    3. will do thanks

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  11. Cleaning out the dust after a full gut renovation is always a big job. It sounds like you've got everything back to the norm. It is wonderful to have flowers and trees blooming in the sunshine. Choir should be fun tonight.

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    1. It was nice to be back susan . We have new choristers too!

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  12. Love the Welsh poppies. I have never seen any before which astounds me as I am an avid gardener; blue and yellow together in a garden makes my heart sing. The Laburnum looks lovely in flower I hope the trunk thickens up otherwise it will be top heavy! Glad you enjoyed your Choir.

    Jo in Auckland

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    1. I was going to offer to send you some seeds but I guess it’s against the law

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    2. Hahaha.. yes it is, you'll get me hung, drawn and quatered. NZ is very hot on "illegal" imports of any kind. But thanks for thinking of me :)

      Jo in Auckland

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  13. I've just had a closer look after reading Jo's comment-and I wondered if your tree may need a support x

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  14. Blooming so young in it's life...wonderful. Don't forget to water...still.

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  15. I think I need stake it too

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  16. Anonymous9:56 pm

    I like your laburnum- we had one in Kent a beautiful one outside our tiny cottage and when the wind blew and the blossoms fell it was like being in a golden rain.

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  17. Oh how satisfying and heartwarming to see the happy laburnum.

    Regarding the laundry, however, I’ve always wondered: Do you not believe in a traditional clothesline?

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    1. Anonymous12:09 pm

      He does not like traditional clothes lines. He has often mentioned this.

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    2. Maybe John could be unconventional and tether his smalls to a kite on a blustery morn x

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