For the first time this month we've had a drop or two of rain. Not much, barely enough to wet the ground but with the sky being overcast and the drop in temperature we might get a proper shower later today. And sprinkles though they were, there was enough to collect in droplets on the wild rose and acacia leaves.
|droplets on acacia leaf|
Niall and I have a love-hate relationship with the acacia. The honey bees love them; most of the honey sold is acacia honey--just check the label the next time you are in a supermarket [in France] and so for that reason we don't want to eradicate them totally. However, the trees themselves are thugs--they seed like mad and have huge nasty thorns.
|rain drops on wild rose bush|
So in the end we have compromised. We kept one youngish established acacia tree--probably son of the older rather poorly specimen we had dug up; but we are still waging war on the seedlings left by the removed tree. And although raindrops on an acacia leaf are very pretty, getting snagged by a thorn while taking the photograph is no fun, so no reprieve--the seedling will go!
|very young cherry tree|
As it has been so dry we've been watering our 4 young fruit trees every evening and they are coming along nicely. The cherry, one of the ones we were a bit worried about--we thought it hadn't made it through the winter suprised us. Seemingly it just woke up late and is now getting on with things. It has even produced a few flowers! Who knows we might get 4 cherries this year if we are lucky. Two each! :-)