Friday August 1st 2014 Tim
The Laurel hedge, easier to call them Cherry Laurels,
although they are a cultivar of Cherry Laurel called "Otto Luyken,"
after Otto Luyken a German Gardener, and I have always pronounced his
name "Lutch-ien" because that's how I first heard it pronounced by an
English Gardener who is certainly gone now, unless he's about a hundred
a forty, but who planted more Potato than I can ever hope to.
Either way, the Cherry Laurel hedge had a bad winter, and is still
struggling a little with die-back, which is what happens to plants when
parts of them decide they no longer wish to participate. It was the same
with Buddleia. So no shortage of bits of wood for the Outdoor Stove.
trouble with Cherry Laurel as fuel for the outdoor stove is
twofold. The first, it has a very high ash content, which
might make it good for glazes and all that ho-ha, add it to
clay and you might get some serious fluxing. The other
problem with Cherry Laurel is what I am going to call
"Aromatic Exuberance." It's a killer on the nose, goes right
through the nose hairs into the sinus, and there it promotes
a discord which goes down to the ears and effects balance
amongst those of us who are prone to a tinnitus that follows
being bonked on the head once too often while in formative
years. The first five to thirty five years. As for the
pronunciation of "Luyken", you can tell a lot about a person
from how they react to "Lutch-ien."