As Long As You Have A Garden

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Gooseberry Fool


    I think this is the first time I've put a recipe on my blog. As you know I'm not given to the domestic arts. My English family is prone to offering guests lunch or tea on the lawn. A practise I whole wheartedly endorse. In my cousin's beautiful garden I was treated to Gooseberry Fool. An indulgence I hadn't experienced in years. As Susan at e-i-e-i-omg  has put a call out for gooseberry recipes I thought I would share with one and all.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Sad Little Tree

I don't know what is going on with my little Pippin. It produced a decent amount of blossom and so did its partner. A promising start, unfortunately it did not result in an abundance of apples. In fact I've counted ten although there maybe one or two more hiding. My ideas about the low production

Young trees
Late spring-most of the bees, who arrived at their usual time, had given up. This theory does not hold up well when I see trees full of apples on the route into town.

This is going out to the Tree Following Group hosted by Loose and Leafy.

Suggestions will be gratefully received.

yellow/brown ugly mess where the blossom died

small pockmarked apple

Just to cheer myself up I took a picture of the meadow. We let the grass grow just to see what would happen. It seems to be attracting wildlife which was my intention, so something is working.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Roses, Blackcurrants And A Young Visitor

 A few things from this week:

Picked blackcurrants from the bush L. gave us.  It brought back memories of picking them as a high schooler for summer spending money. Bending over all day had no effect on me then, a different story now.

Bought two climbing roses from the garden centre 20% sale, Joseph's Coat and Royal Gold. They are destined for the north fence of the kitchen garden. After I got them home I thought I should have bought another gold. I'd like to follow Gertrude Jeykll's theme of starting pale at the outside and working to a crescendo of colour in the middle.

Chased a small bear from the back door. His little paw was just coming over the sill when I got to him. He may be a two yr old just kicked out by his mom but he seems small.  I hope he is not an orphan. Either way he has to learn to stay away from humans.

Off to visit you now.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Laundry, Weeds and Brain Fog

At midday my brain is screaming for sleep and at 2am my stomach demands I get up and give it a hearty English breakfast with meaty bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, fried bread and baked beans. Welcome to the world of jet lag.

I visited some inspiring gardens and you will get to hear all about them in due course. I'm thinking I might save those posts for the dreary days of winter when we all have more time.  I'll give you the movie trailer versions for now.

Hidecote-the home and garden of Major Lawrence Johnston

Upton Grey Manor-the most accurately and fully restored Gertrude Jeykll garden in existence today

Gable House-a quintessential English garden 

I'll leave you with an image of the humble corn poppy. The Brits are planting them everywhere in memory of the hundredth anniversary of  WW1. It is a moving and poignant tribute.

Posts will be sporadic until the end of summer-I know you understand the call of the garden.