Granddaughter Ellie came to the Square Metre with me today and here she is jumping over the yew log to show me Wilson (who lives in Medlar Wood) cupped in her right hand.
Since my earlier assault the brambles against North Wall have all grown up by half a metre of so with new primocanes. I cut them all back including, inadvertently, the wild rose which has slowly been gathering strength since I moved it from the centre to the corner of the Square Metre itself on 1 November 2004, nearly five years ago. It has another cane left, so it should be alright and would, in any case, sprout again.
It is, I think one of the dog roses (Rosa canina aggregate), but I have recently noticed what looks like a field rose (Rosa arvensis) near the north east corner of Butterfly Rock. I will have to wait a year or two before I feel certain.
Sean Saul-Hunt has put a new log of wood across the Square Metre to place the now almost vanished birch of White Log. The newcomer is cherry-plum wood (Prunus cerasifera) and as a non-native I am not entirely happy with it, but it might stay.
Something had turned the doll’s head over since my last visit and I think we are getting regular visits from deer, who might be the culprits.
There is still no sign of the two seedling oaks in Medlar Wood and I guess the oak mildew must have killed them.
Before we went Ellie insisted on taking a picture of me sitting in front of the bramble hedge.