Monthly Archives: July 2013

Festuca ‘Elijiah Blue’

Welcome the latest addition to my non-vegetable collection: a blue grass which I acquired at the RHS flower show at Tatton Park yesterday. I hadn’t gone to the show with a particular objective, apart from browsing for ideas. However, I … Continue reading

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Reshuffling the brassicas

Last night, I decided to harvest the rest of the garlic. I had already dug some up and been disappointed by the results. Now, I was now impatient to make some changes to the garden. Another job already done was … Continue reading

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Belsay Hall and Gardens

Quarry Gardens at Belsay Hall must be the most awe-inspiring gardens I have seen this year!!! Continue reading

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Big beans (φασολια γιγαντες)

When I lived in Greece, one of my favourite dishes was with butter beans in a rich tomato sauce. I have never been able to replicate the exact same in my own kitchen, but by trial and error I have … Continue reading

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The heat is on!

At a guess, it must have been at least 30°C this afternoon and the vegetables have been romping away. Below are the broad beans, which have developed phenomenally over the last few days. I hadn’t expected to be able to … Continue reading

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Japanese maple (Acer)

Yesterday evening, I got a lovely surprise: I went round to friends’ for a Ramadan breakfast and was presented with the Japanese maple in the picture below. At the moment, it needs to be in a pot to build up … Continue reading

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How much water does a compost heap need?

The question in the title is rhetorical! I realise it would be impossible to answer, there would be so many conditions and caveats. Suffice to say, my compost heap is very thirsty. After a week of blazing sun and temperatures … Continue reading

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Neeps and tatties for tea

My turnips have been doing so much better this year than last! Admittedly, last year I only bought the seed at the back end of the summer and they were planted on sub-standard soil. This year, they are in the … Continue reading

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First bowl of strawberries

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Losses and gains

One of my friends told me today that she is moving back to Germany. That is only one of many who seem to have left the country recently 😦 On the immediate home front there have also been loses. The … Continue reading

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