Friday, 29 July 2011

 These are Lilium 'Big Brother',it is there second year and the first bloom came out for me on the second day of our village flower festival.I had lots of comments about the size of them,you can see from the fence panel how tall they are and the actual flower size is pretty impressive along with the scent.A friend also bought them and she informed me we were having a bit of a competition to see whose would grow the tallest.I planted mine as a group but she planted hers individually.talking to a lily breeder at the Malvern show she was adviced to feed with tomorite!!! being a really good friend she felt she could not keep this information to herself so I must also confess to using tomorite,on a very adhoc basis though as it tends to live at the top of the garden in the greenhouse.As I said its first bloom came out 10th July and is still going now,it is in a pot  which I move up behind the greenhouses when they have finished for the season.
This is Lilium 'Scheherazade'(orientalxtrumpet) and I just love the color of the stamens as they first come out with the line down them,it does gradually fade,again this is its second season not quite as tall as big brother but still as impressive in its own way.
The poor plum tree 'Victoria' is really struggling this year and another branch has fallen off due to too much fruit.We have taken lots off which is really a shame.it is probably about 10 yrs old now,hubby picked some of the first fruit last night along with his first conference pear!We have more toms,courgettes,cucumbers,
radish and beans we know what to do with but absolutley love this time of the year.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Last of the blackcurrants

I picked the last blackcurrants last night and made a lovely coulis with mint in,its divine.
To 8 oz of fruit I add 1tblsp water and 12 mint leaves
Put over a med/low heat and simmer until the fruit explodes
Put through a sieve and add sugar to taste
I had some last night with some melon then have made a smoothie for lunch,with banana ,yoghurt and satsuma it was a really lovely colour.
The blackbirds flew from there next yesterday,the fourth brood we have had in the garden,I went up to collect eggs from the hens and the dog spied one of the chicks sat at the bottom of the yew hedge.I told him leave as being a springer they are intent on bringing birds back to you! the chick had been taught well as he stayed motionless the whole time he was there.I left a few blackcurrants on the bushes for them as they had made it to the top of the garden by the evening.
I sowed some more carrots yesterday and thinned the parsnips out,I also cut the mangetout back so I will get some more pickings later.The salad leaves have gone to seed this year very quickly,the fisrt lot of leaves I had sown I expect to by now but not the second lot.Have sown some more in the hope it wont be too warm-cucumbers-Wautoma has loads of cucumbers on,lucky I have neighbours who enjoy them as well.
This Aeonium Arboreum 'Zwartop' I have planted it in the front garden where the papaver 'Pattys plum' was cut back.with opening the garden for our Walkabout I could not leave a big gap so sunk these in the ground and planted scarlett wallflowers through the.To the right is Nepeta 'Amelia' everyone was commenting about them 

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Well the honeycombe is now just crumbs left in the bottom of a tub!-why do they always leave the empty tub and not put it to be washed?Some has made its way to DofE expedition,well it left the house so am presuming it made its way there.
I am aware since starting my blog all I have done is talk about food,so thought I had better change that.Well almost,we had our first parsnips and ruby chard along with our purple carrots-a friend gave me some seed,they were from Sarah Raven-they actually keep there purple colour even after cooking,they are not as sweet as some carrots but have a different-nice taste.The parsnips were lovely,by the end of the season they are sooooo long as we grow them in raised beds but for now they are only 7-8inches long and so sweet.
I also made some hot gooseberry chutney,brain was not fully engaged!I had just lifted the red onoins(red baron) so now have a pink gooseberry chutney! we will have to see in a few weeks when it has chance to mature what it tastes like.Am sure it will be fine-just pink.I have not lifted the white onions yet as the tops had not yellowed off.
It has been a very strange day weather wise,it started so grey and wet that I had to cut some flowers to bring into the house-it is a shame technology is not that advanced that the computor could omit smells,the sweet peas are seed I save every year and resow,the Buddleja is 'Nano' and the Phlox paniculata 'David' I am no flower arranger but just had to have the smell inside as well as out,as I picked them there was some lavender wafting round my feet so I picked that also just to fill in around the edges.I am no photographer either and No.2 son would give me a lecture on how I should have taken the photo but me and my cibersshot are quite happy with the result..
It was so warm and muggy this afternoon but the sky still full with grey cloud I took my waterproof to walk the dog-well this is England,it did end up tied round my waist as it was so warm.The Sweet chestnut has flowers just starting to come out and the tinyest chestnuts just starting to form,there is also a second smaller flush of red poppies along the edge of the newly planted asparagus fields.The skylark - only one brave enough to leave its nest today was competeing with a Whitethroat singing away on the top of the hedge.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Newbie!

I am completely new to all of this and only got into it as my bestest buddy in Italy has got a blog and I had to be able to follow her blogs.So after months of just logging in and checking what she is up to-she designs and is into some yummy fabric designs at the moment.check out niceandfancy.blogspot.com.I have finally taken the bull by the horns and decided to get into this properly.
I have just checked out another site daughterof thesoil and found some really yummy veg growing going on so am going to keep track of that site definetly.
I am into cooking for my hubby and 2teenage hollow legs boys,we have 3 chickens so have plently of eggs and am into making homemade icecream-no I dont have a machine! but yesterday decided to make honeycombe(cinder toffee) which went down very well.I also made meringues as there is always a surplus of egg whites when making icecream,I put some of the honeycombe into the icecream and the rest in a tub,number 2 son thought it would be a very good energy food for his DofE expedition tomorrow but I think no.1 son will have eaten it all before then even though I made him and his dad a big batch of granola bars which were being disposed of before dinner!
I will try and to be good now I have found the time to get going and try to be back soon