I like nuts. I figured a nut tree would complement the garden! And it seems that there is a proverb that says that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time to do it is now. So I went looking for a merchant of nut trees and found just that.
When I posted a question on the website I was promptly phoned by a man with a plum accent. He recommended I buy two. (Of course he would!) I thought why not. They would not deliver the trees for a while but we sorted the details.
I expected the trees in January but nothing happened. I asked when they would arrive; the answer was mid February. OK! But mid February came and went. I mailed again. It turned out the business had been busy and they were a bit behind. But he would process my trees soon! And he did; that Thursday I found a note in the door. I had not been home. True!
I picked up the parcel from a nearby delivery centre (which was in a very unexpected place; down the tiniest and obscurest of country roads), took it home, and dug the trees into the ground. I say trees; they are pretty much sticks with roots! But that should sort itself out. I don't expect walnuts anytime soon but I hope the trees survive the trip from Kent and will grow into healthy young trees with branches and leaves soon!
The stick-like trees in position (see arrows), being liberally watered by nature!