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Using photography to capture the beauty of food & gardening ...
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Links to other tree followers are on the Loose & Leafy website. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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The first splash of colour will come in February as Iris reticulata 'Clairette' comes into flower. Planting the bulbs amongst the Pachysandra terminalis edging the main border and under the window will be a bit of an experiment. It may prove to be a haven for slugs and snails and/or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Links to other tree followers are on the Loose & Leafy website. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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In the Greenhouse ... Sweetcorn D Sundance Borlotti Beans SR Fire Tongue Asparagus Pea OGC Swede D Brora Lettuce J J D D SH Spectrum (mixed leaves) Contrasts (mixed leaves) Golden Purslane Ashbrrok Red Amaranth Brassicas SH T&M Chinese Kale Kailaan Pak Choi (white, green & purple) Celery D Golden... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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The elegant flowers of Aquilegia vulgaris are an annual delight and prolific cross pollinating ensures an ever changing display. Discovering extraordinary forms and colours adds to their charm. The original forms have nectar producing glands deep in each of the cornucopia shaped petals which can only be reached by long... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Links to other tree followers are on the Loose and Leafy website. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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In the Greenhouse ... Tomatoes NN NN NN NN T&M Fr Fr SR Cuore de Toro Red Zebra Cherrola Purple Calabash Tigerella Rio Grande Marglobe Costoluto Fiorentino Peas D Little Marvel Kale D T&M T&M Fizz Nero di Toscana Scarlet Chard SR White Silver French Beans OGC D OGC D... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Introducing the Sorbus 'Pink Pagoda' ... An unplanned purchase back in January, thanks to an irresistible offer when I bought the new crab apple tree for the front garden. It has no permanent home as yet. So, for now it is in a large container overlooking the bistro table and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Endless barrow loads of aspen, nettle and ivy roots removed. Eight mature laurels, three elders and one dogwood moved. One eucalyptus root dug out. One fork broken. Numerous mugs of tea and coffee drunk. And finally, last weekend, three new fruit trees planted. A quince (Meech's Prolific), damson (Shropshire Prune)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Sorghum flour is the latest addition to my gluten free flour shelf. It’s a soft textured high protein flour which I’m hoping will be a less distinctive flavoured alternative to quinoa flour. After trying out a few recipes, it’s definitely looking promising. I’ve combined the sorghum flour with rice flour and cornflour in this month’s recipe - chocolate and orange cookies, given an unexpected layer of flavour with the addition of aromatic rosemary. They elicit looks of surprise and delight when you reveal the source of the intriguing but just can’t quite identify it flavour. Oh and did I mention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
When to plant? Between October and April. Soil Preparation The current school of thought is to improve the soil surrounding the tree rather than adding nutrients directly to the planting hole. The idea is to encourage the roots to grow outwards in search of the better soil. The Planting Hole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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After last year's brassica decimation I need to find as way of deterring the cabbage white butterflies from the kitchen garden and I think that I may have found the answer in Sarah Raven's seed catalogue. Nicotiana tabacum. Apparently cabbage white butterflies hate the smell. Of course, why had I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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I haven't grown broad beans for quite a while so I thought I'd just make a note of what I need to do to grow a fantastic crop of beans this year. Sowing ... As broad beans can germinate at low temperatures, they may be sown either in the autumn/early... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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I sowed the first seeds of the year today. Broad beans. The variety I'm trying is Danko which has a RHS award of garden merit and according to the Dobies catalogue is: '... a compact-growing, very early-maturing broad bean, producing good crops of upright little pods that are packed with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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The combination of jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, leeks and hazelnuts works wonderfully well in this creamy winter soup. serves 4 300g Jerusalem Artichokes* 300g Parsnips* 225g Leeks* (white/pale green part only) 1 Tbsp Olive or Rapeseed Oil 15g Butter 1500ml Vegetable Stock Sea Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper 25g Hazelnuts,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
Thank you Afra and I'm so pleased that you liked the colour notes as I'm really enjoying doing them.
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Well, I've just spent all morning trying to resist these squares of sticky deliciousness. Why I thought that scheduling a flapjack post two weeks into a self enforced month-long abstinence from grains and sugar was a good idea, I do not know. Especially when it's flapjack filled with rhubarb and coconut. But resist I did and the flapjack is now safely back in the freezer to be eaten another day. And, I'm drinking a mug of dandelion tea feeling virtuous having just enjoyed a large raw beetroot and red cabbage salad for lunch! If however, you would like to try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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With the exception of Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana, Skimmia plants are either male or female. Skimmia 'Rubella' is a male plant. To produce berries on female plants such 'Nymans' or 'Fructo Albo' it's necessary to locate a male plant nearby to cross pollinate the flowers. I can't resist using the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Plant nomenclature originates from ancient Greece and Rome where scholars devised a system to classify plants. Hence the use of latin which over the centuries was simplified and evolved to become the botanical latin in use today. The current naming system is based on a binomial system developed by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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RHS Botany for Gardeners defines germination as 'the growth of a seed from the moment its embryo is triggered to grow to the formation of the first leaves'. Prerequisites for Germination :: The seed must be be viable, that is physically capable of germination. :: If the seed is protected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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Jerusalem artichokes aren't a vegetable that you would normally associate with sweet dishes. And to be honest, up until a few years ago, I'd never even considered baking with them or using them in desserts. Then I came across a recipe for jerusalem artichoke cheesecake in David Everitt-Matthias's brilliant book, Dessert: Recipes from Le Champignon Sauvage . It was delicious and a seed was sown for future jerusalem artichoke experimentation ... See the recipe for Jerusalem Artichoke Pancakes. Colour Notes Throughout 2014 I'm looking at how I use colour in my photography ... Inspiration This month's fresh and bright colour... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Aesthetics & Gastronomy
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A little reminder of what needs doing in the garden each month ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at A Garden Notebook
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No excuses for forgetting what needs doing each month in the kitchen garden this year! Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at A Garden Notebook