Pleased you're still in one piece ladybird , it looked as though it was really bad in some areas over there. I went down to the shops & Tesco was still open even though part of the roof had come off - bit worried that something might fly off & hit someone though as there were loose pieces of what looked like some kind of plasterboard/cladding flapping around up there in the wind. They were waiting for it to be repaired but didn't know when & it wouldn't mean anyone would be able to get in through the roof - they usually break in through the walls there anyway - they have been broken into a few times!
I planted out some garlic cloves in the veg. bed & sowed a few tree peony seeds which I found on a couple of plants & put the pots in the mini greenhouse, not risking them on the ground after all my tree seeds got either drowned or eaten as soon as they came up.
This is the article I read from the plant biologist/garden writer from the Telegraph about green tomatoes & also avocados. They're trying to develop something which can tell you when to pick green tomatoes so that they will ripen successfully if picked at that point & also how to tell if an avocado is ripe, experimenting with light reflection & ultrasound so not much use to the average gardener! Green tomatoes- Telegraph I've got some green tomatoes lined up on the kitchen windowsill & some still in the greenhouse, might try 'Fried Green tomatoes' if they don't ripen.
I was thinking about ladybird, ziggy & KC & all the members in Ireland & N.Ireland & wondering how they were all coping, it seemed pretty bad over there. Very windy with some terrific gusts here but no damage or anything. It's 'bin day' here today & lots of us didn't put the bins out last night because of the wind & have been running out first thing in dressing gowns - I sent O.H. out! Not seen it yet but apparently the roof has blown off the little Tesco store down the road here, will have to go to the Co-op then for the shopping!
I used to pick bunches of rosebay willowherb & take them home to my mum when I was little, I thought they were really pretty - not sure mum appreciated them though! I tried a nibble of hairy bittercress roofgardener & it did have a peppery taste a bit like rocket with a 'green' background like dandelions also maybe a hint of cat wee but maybe that's just our garden (only joking - I did wash it first!)
According to roofgardener's link @willow it tastes bitter/peppery & a bit like rocket - off out to get some to try-always popping up here & I like wild rocket. It does say if you don't like bitterness wilt it briefly in salted water. We have hairy bittercress, herb robert, dandelions, clover, red campion, willowherb & horsetail which appears everywhere here but I just pull them when I spot them, some of them I leave because I like them & some if I don't spot them then I'm not worried about them! Perhaps your hairy bittercress arived in the compost of a plant you bought in Roofy, it spreads like wildfire once it flowers & seeds.
Wind has picked up a bit & the sky has gone yellow again but doesn't show up very well on a photo - apparently according to the local newspaper website it's the remains of a sub-Saharan sand storm! Took a few pics. earlier though as the sun appeared briefly & it was red/orange, a 'Hurricane Sun', all to do with 'Ophelia' it seems, either that or it the end of the world & no-one told us!
We went to Plumley's(was 'Plantation' until recently) Garden centre in Cheshire yesterday , we'd been looking around for a suitable tree for the damp end of the garden & had looked at various willows etc. but we both love silver/himalayan birches & found some there which were suitable for clay/boggy conditions. We bought a betlua utilis jaquemontii, reasonably priced at 20-something pounds & about 8 ft tall, we only have a little Mini though so we had to lay the car seats flat, feed the pot into the footwell & fold over a couple of thin bendy branches at the top of the tree to shut the hatchback door & I had to sit in the back seat to get it home!
I was reading about green tomatoes the other day, I think it was in one of the newspapers & apparently there is a point at which green tomatoes will go on to ripen & if they haven't reached that point they will never ripen, it's something internal/molecular/hormonal or whatever which isn't necessarily visible ( or 'feelable' if you squeeze them) so although lots will ripen if you put them on the windowledge/in a brown paper bag/with a banana/in storage with ripe ones, some will not ripen at all.